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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (October 21, 2014) – RedWater Restaurant Group Chief Operating Officer Craig Smith is pleased to announce three women for the top management positions at Gravity, the newest RedWater Restaurant Group restaurant to opening to the public in mid-November. Gravity is the new 64-tap craft beer, handcrafted food restaurant at 3210 Deposit Drive next to Northpointe Bank at the East Beltline and I-196 interchange. Gravity will be among the largest “all craft beer on tap” restaurants in the area.

Kristin Kent, formerly of Reds on the River, was hired as the new General Manager at Gravity, while Laurel Deruda, former Executive Chef at Honeycreek Inn and the Women’s City Club, is its new Executive Chef.  Angela Steil has been named House Certified Cicerone® and Beer Director for Gravity.  Steil recently earned the Certified Cicerone® title through rigorous completion of the second level in the Cicerone Certification Program. Steil, 21 years of age, became the youngest Certified Cicerone® in the United States in July 2014. There are less than 40 Certified Cicerones® in Michigan and slightly over 1000 worldwide. She returned recently to Grand Rapids and worked briefly for Brewery Vivant before being chosen by the RedWater Restaurant Group to head up their beverage program at Gravity.

Smith states, “I’m excited by this all-women team who have the energy, creativity, drive and enthusiasm to help make Gravity a memorable destination restaurant. We will have one of the largest selections of craft beer on draught in the state, so we trust that we’ll be bringing new business into the community. This is an all-female team because we wanted the best people for the job and they happened to be the best people for the three top positions.”

Gravity will feature 64 craft beers on tap, many of them Michigan brews but with distinctive national and international selections, as well.  The craft beer draught selections will include 44 taps featuring main stay beer styles and 20 taps exclusively for rotating small batch craft beer selections. There will also be 10 large format 750 ml bottle beers available for their characteristics as before-and-after-dinner “drinks” for guests to share. The full bar is rounded out by a full wine list and an ample liquor selection.

Gravity is also excited to feature mini-tap takeovers – 8 to 10 taps approximately – which will be regularly offered to local, national and international craft beer producers. There will also be beer flights and growlers on the menu and monthly special beer dinners planned.

The food at Gravity will include an extensive menu from appetizers to creative American pub fare to full entrée dinners. Gravity’s handcrafted food items were created by Chef Deruda to match up with the variety of flavor profiles of the craft beers selected by Steil.

According to General Manager Kristin Kent, “We want Gravity to be an experience that guests will remember and learn something from. Our entire menu offers food and beer pairing suggestions to help customers choose craft brews that will enhance the flavors of our wonderful all-made-from-scratch menu.”

Gravity will include an open kitchen, large seating capacities inside and out, a 4-season covered dining are, and a large walled courtyard patio with fireplaces and comfortable seating. The indoor section of the restaurant will seat 170 people, while the 3-season and outdoor patio includes 120 additional seats.

Smith adds,  “We are excited to bring “Gravity” to Grand Rapids. We have researched this concept within other major metropolitan markets and for Grand Rapids a craft beer tap house like Gravity, we feel, is perfect.”


Design of the New Tap house Restaurant

Gravity features an industrial modern design with steel and wood construction, concrete floors and a 20-foot high ceiling. The indoor restaurant has 170 seats with booths and tables to accommodate 2 to 4 guests per table (or groups by aligning tables together.)  There is an adjacent 4-season room opening out from garage doors to a large walled courtyard patio to increase overall seating capacity to 290 during warm months. The large open outdoor space has a large fireplace, communal table seating, as well as additional fire elements in the walls. Food will be served inside and out.

Gravity is the newest restaurant of The RedWater Restaurant Group which includes Reds on the River, Rush Creek Bistro, FireRock Grille, Cork and Vintage, the last two which opened at Watermark earlier this summer.  All RedWater Restaurants are located in the Greater Grand Rapids area.

The RedWater Restaurant Group’s mission is to exceed customer expectations by providing memorable dining experiences and consistently creating quality meals using the freshest ingredients at a great value and with exceptional service. Each restaurant is open to the public and includes bar, lunch and dinner service throughout the week. Daily happy hours and special features provide a wide variety of food and drink options.

RedWater Restaurant Group delivers fresh, high-quality, creative menus at competitive prices in a relaxed and casual environment at each of its restaurants.

For more information about RedWater Restaurant Group and its distinctive restaurants, please visit www.redwaterrestaurantgroup.com, email csmith@redwaterrestaurantgroup.com, lschaeffer@redwaterrestaurantgroup.com or call 616.719.4940.