Well, it's a bummer that Texas de Brazil won't be coming to downtown GR, but the restaurant opening in its place looks good too!

In late 2019 it was announced that Texas de Brazil, a steakhouse with a huge variety of grilled meats and a salad bar, would be opening in the redeveloped Fifth Third Center on Lyon Street...

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And well, then 2020 happened. According to Wood TV 8, Texas de Brazil "couldn’t move forward with the buildout... It was a casualty of COVID."

So what's coming in it's place?

Real Seafood Co. -- "A contemporary seafood restaurant that offers premium fresh fish and seafood from the waters of New England to the Great Lakes and to the Gulf of Mexico".

Since Charley's Crab closed, I've been hoping another seafood spot would open in downtown!

This will be Real Seafood Co.'s fifth location and first in West Michigan. There are restaurants in Ann Arbor and Bay City, and also Toledo, Ohio, and Naples, Florida. The parent company is no stranger to Grand Rapids though, Mainstreet Ventures Restaurant Group also owns Chop House and Palio in Grand Rapids.

It's not guaranteed that the menu will be the same, but the Real Seafood Co. in Bay City serves up appetizers like house smoked fish dip, dynamite shrimp, and spicy calamari. Entrees include swordfish, scallops, jambalaya, seafood alfredo, crab legs, lobster tail, Wagyu steak, and Chilean sea bass. There's also sandwiches, soup and salad, and desert. From the look of their Facebook page, there's a full bar too, including cocktails, beer, and wine.

According to Wood TV 8, construction will start on the Real Seafood Co. downtown Grand Rapids at 111 Lyon St. NW this fall and is expected to be completed by March 2022.

The former Old Kent Bank building is also home to the new grocery store from Dollar General, DGX.

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