fine dining http://michiganradio.org en The 1913 Room restaurant to close after 30 years http://michiganradio.org/post/1913-room-restaurant-close-after-30-years <p>One of the state’s most renowned restaurants will close its doors this spring. <a href="http://www.the1913room.com/">The 1913 Room</a> in Grand Rapids is Michigan’s only <a href="http://ww2.aaa.com/aaa/common/Tourbook/diamonds/whatisthis.html">AAA five diamond-rated</a> restaurants.</p><p><a href="http://www.experiencegr.com/visitors/contact-us/doug-small/">Doug Small</a> is president of <a href="http://www.experiencegr.com/">Experience Grand Rapids</a> – the area’s visitors and convention bureau.</p><blockquote><p>“This is not the end of the world for dining in Grand Rapids. It’s actually something to celebrate.”</p></blockquote><p>The French inspired, super fancy <a href="http://pod.michiganradio.org/documents/Factsheet.doc">1913 Room</a> will be replaced by a <a href="http://www.ruthschris.com/">Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse</a> this fall. Small says the upscale international chain does their homework before investing in a location.</p><blockquote><p>“They’re seeing something in Grand Rapids that’s alive and well and I believe - the recent numbers that we just published that show that convention business is up. Hotel room revenue is at an all time high during a down economy so it supports their reasoning for coming to this community.”</p></blockquote><p>Small says his group certainly touted having the only 5 diamond restaurant in the state, but says it never closed any deals. Thu, 27 Jan 2011 00:01:43 +0000 Lindsey Smith 1032 at http://michiganradio.org The 1913 Room restaurant to close after 30 years