A former Italian restaurant in town is getting new life as a “Detroit-style” pizzeria this spring.
Buddy’s will open its first location in West Michigan in Kentwood, at 4061 28th St. SE, in the former Carrabba’s Italian Grill that closed in February 2017.
Buddy’s has seen demand for a Grand Rapids location “for a long time,” a spokesperson said. So far, its restaurants have all been clustered in southeast Michigan.
“So many metro Detroiters have chosen Grand Rapids as a place to live, because it shares so much of Detroit’s history and values,” said Wes Pikula, chief brand officer, Buddy’s. “We’ve fielded many requests over the years to take Buddy’s there, and we’re glad to finally be joining the community.”
The restaurant can seat 210 customers, including 20 seats on an outdoor patio.
The interior design will incorporate a garage door over the bar, mosaic floors and reclaimed beams from factories in Detroit. The space will “blend Buddy’s tradition with modern industrial elements,” just like its original Detroit location.
Food and drink menus
In addition to serving Buddy’s signature pizzas, the restaurant will feature gluten-free pizza, salads, burgers and more.
It will also offer a selection of Grand Rapids craft beers, as well as Buddy’s signature craft beers, Buddy Brew and Bocce IPA.
Founded in 1946 in Detroit, Buddy’s serves “Detroit-style” rectangular deep-dish pizzas, with thick and crispy crusts and toppings such as mushrooms and pepperoni, originally inspired by Sicilian recipes.
Buddy’s has 12 locations and received the Michigan Restaurant Neighbor Award for the past seven years.
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