GRAND RAPIDS — A popular downtown Grand Rapids entertainment spot is set to embark on a new expansion and renovation project.
The BOB, a property of The Gilmore Collection, is expected to announce today that it was adding an “outdoor festival marketplace” and beer garden as part of a multi-million dollar expansion project that was also set to include new dining options and concert and event space with seating for up to 2,000 people.
Phase one of the project will include a renovation of Gilly’s restaurant street-level space into a new concept set to debut July 1. A later phase to be completed by June 1 next year is expected to include the event space, beer garden and piazza, featuring low-cost space local vendors could rent as an way to test out a food business, for example, according to a statement.
“Our vision for the next phase of The BOB includes year-round outdoor activities, a high-quality venue where national and regional acts can perform, a biergarten and new restaurant offering our house-made craft beers and dining options that reflect more modern tastes,” Greg Gilmore, managing partner for The Gilmore Collection, said in a statement.