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Spanish-inspired restaurant opens at Amway Grand Plaza

Amway Grand Plaza tower to get makeover
Posted at 11:54 AM, Feb 04, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-04 11:54:44-05

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A new Spanish-inspired, full-service restaurant opens Thursday at the Amway Grand Plaza in downtown Grand Rapids.

Located on the 27th floor of the recently renovated glass tower, MDRD (pronounced “Madrid”) will offer modern Spanish cuisine, lavish libations, an energetic atmosphere and unobstructed river and city views, a news release said.

“With its upscale yet comfortable ambiance, MDRD will offer an exciting new dining concept in Grand Rapids’ Hotel District,” said George Aquino, vice president and managing director of AHC Hospitality, the management company behind Amway Grand Plaza and MDRD. “With the most coveted city views in Michigan, MDRD will be a fun and intimate spot for date nights, evening out on the town and special events – for locals and visitors alike.”

The restaurant is designed to provide and “unstuffy” atmosphere where diners can choose from the casual social lounge to the cozy, welcoming bar area and high-end dining room.

Stadium-style seating makes every seat the “best seat in the house.”

A custom tile installation reminiscent of falling confetti and costumes from Spain’s Carnival celebration will decorate the space, along with custom lighting and bright murals of Spanish neighborhoods created by local artist Maddie Jackson.

The menu, created by Executive Chef Stephen VanHuelen, will include meat and seafood dishes like fileta a la plancha, beef tenderloan steak with piquillo pepper and black garlic sauce, thumbelina carrot, wild mushroom, confit potato and anise jus and bacalao al ajillo, lightly salted cod in garlic sauce with grilled scallion, chorizo oil and potato pave.

MDRD will be open for dinner service from Tuesday to Saturday, 4:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

COVID-19 precautions will be taken according to state and local health guidelines.