Reinventing the Rosebud

Marie Havenga • Jul 21, 2015 at 2:11 PM

Grand Rapids native Joe Fairbairn purchased the Rosebud Bar & Grill, 100 Washington Ave., earlier this month from Jim and Martha Adamczyk. Fairbairn plans to spend the next 4-6 weeks remodeling the restaurant into Joe’s Wooden Nickel.

Construction is expected to begin Saturday.

But with the opening of Joe’s will come the closing of another downtown eatery — Anthony’s Kicked Up Catering on Seventh Street. Its owner, Anthony Gonnella, will become the head chef at Joe’s Wooden Nickel.

Gonnella will also operate his catering business from the Washington Avenue restaurant, which was built in 1872 and housed the original Grand Haven post office.

“He’s folding Anthony’s into Joe’s Wooden Nickel,” Fairbairn said. “… This is a chance for Anthony to spread his wings in a much bigger kitchen.”

Ironically, Gonnella tried to buy the Rosebud a couple of years ago, but he said he and the Adamczyks could not agree on a sales price.

Fairbairn grew up in Grand Rapids and spent a lot of time at the Rosebud when he boated in Grand Haven with his parents. He most recently lived in Chicago and worked in Internet sales for a telephone book company, then launched two Internet advertising businesses.

Fairbairn moved to Spring Lake in 2010 and got to know Gonnella when the chef catered his holiday parties.

To read the whole story, see today’s print or e-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.

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