The Establishment, formally known as Monte’s, is located at 438 Bridge St. NW in Grand Rapids. The Establishment’s grand opening was on November 17th and the bar/nightclub has been very busy and successful since their opening. Their hours are Tuesday thru Friday from 5pm – 2pm and Saturday and Sunday from 8pm – 2am.
The premise of revamping this Bridge St. location with a new look, feel, and name was to maintain the aesthetics of a downtown New York City loft and take something that was aged, add shine, and make it new once again. The Establishment’s building has a great deal of character historically, as well as industrial details. Their vision is meant to combine comfort with style.
Bar entrepreneurs, Paul and David Reinert, are the brains behind the opening of The Establishment and worked to make the vision a reality for the past year. The Reinerts wanted to make the venue a multi-dimensional kind of place to mirror venues such as HopCat and The B.O.B. In addition to The Establishment, Paul and David are also behind Republic/Rockwells, Monte’s, and O’Toole’s.
The Establishment offers an extensive list of beers, wines, and cocktails, as well as food and live entertainment. However, the kitchen is slated to open March 1st.The Establishment boasts a grand selection of draught and bottled beer and wines, with many options from Michigan.
The most interesting aspect of their drinks is the cocktail list. The Establishment aims to bring back the classic handmade cocktails, while offering some unique options as well. One example is the Kings Milk cocktail which combines Knob Creek bourbon, Grand Marnier, Ricard Pastis, house-made grenadine, egg white, lemon juice, and nutmeg.
The Establishment has Happy Hour from 5pm – 7pm on Tuesday thru Friday and features $3 Cosmos and craft draughts, and $5 wine pours.
Live entertainment, DJs, and a dance floor also occupy the new and improved location on Bridge St. The schedule of genres and music for the week is as follows:
-Tuesdays: Singer/Songwriters; Indie
-Wednesdays: Other Local Bands
-Thursdays: 80s and 90s cover acts.
-Weekends: Top 40, Retro, and Dance DJs
Visit The Establishment on the west side of Grand Rapids for a retro, kick-back feel of a New York City SoHo loft. In support of local entrepreneurism, The Establishment adds to the list of ownerships for the Reinerts and options of full-circle entertainment for individuals in the city. With live music, entertainment, DJs and dancing, beer, wine, and cocktails, The Establishment begins to stand out from the crowd of Grand Rapids night life with uniqueness and vision. ~Kristin M. Coppens, Regional Director