BJ’s Restaurant will replace the closed 28th Street. toys r us

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A new restaurant will soon replace the old Toys R Us at the Shops at CenterPoint mall.

The Grand Rapids Planning Commission recently approved special land use changes to accommodate a BJ’s restaurant at 4923 28th St. SE.

(File image shows the former Toys R Us store on SE 28th Street in Grand Rapids.)

The site remained vacant since 2018 when Toys R Us closed. BJ’s Restaurant plans to demolish the old store and build a 7,662 square foot restaurant.

The new Grand Rapids BJ’s restaurant would have a similar design and aesthetic to the other 212 locations nationwide. It is expected to seat about 297 people inside the dining room and bar and about 40 people outside on a proposed outdoor patio facing 28th Street.

Outside, two silhouette panels will hug the walls of the building, illustrating the ingredients and process of brewing beer. BJ’s also plans to provide three bike racks for visitor use.

(A rendering provided to the Grand Rapids Planning Commission shows what BJ’s Restaurant on SE 28th Street might look like when completed.)

While this will be the fifth Restaurant BJ’s in Michigan, this is the first for western Michigan, the Company Website shows. The restaurant serves mostly American fare, including deep-dish pizzas, burgers, salads, soups, pastas, ribs, and tacos. The Grand Rapids restaurant will also sell liquor and packaged beer and wine to go.

“This really is a great restaurant and if you’ve ever been to one you’ll know it,” said Lee Pearson, manager of PineTree, which oversees store operations at CenterPoint.

The Grand Rapids Planning Commission also approved the addition of a second drive-thru lane to the nearby Chick-fil-A restaurant and plans to build a Chase Bank at CenterPoint. The Chase ATM near the adjacent Krispy Kreme would be removed once the bank building is complete.

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