With a convenient location next door to Van Andel Arena, J. Gardella's Tavern has become a popular Grand Rapids restaurant and night spot. What once started as a warehouse, our turn of the century old building is now home to our rustic and charming storefront restaurant in the "Old Town" section of Grand Rapids. Since opening our doors in 1996 as a one-story restaurant, J. Gardella's has since grown to a three-level restaurant all with unique ambience. Our architecture and decor is affectionately similar to that of a Chicago tavern - complete with wooden floors, red brick walls, gorgeous hand-carved moldings, and even an embossed metal ceiling. In addition to our charming atmosphere, our menu is casual, yet utterly delectable. You will not leave disappointed when you dine at J. Gardella's.

J. Gardella's Tavern


11 Ionia NW

Grand Rapids, MI


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Basic Facts

How/why did you buy the building?

We love the charm of the "Old Town" section of Grand Rapids.

Where did the main floor bar come from?

The bar is over a 125 years old and came from a former hotel in downtown Chicago.

What are the main characteristics of J. Gardella's?

The unique ambiance of all three levels. We kept the original brick and hardwood floors. The exposed brick and genuine characteristics of the building, gives each level an old time charm.

How did this place get to be 3 floors?

After the opening of the main floor in 1996, we opened the downstairs a year later, and the upstairs a year after the downstairs.

How/when/why did the Rabideau's decide to become owners of J.Gardella's?

We have always wanted to be downtown and definitely wanted to be a part of the revitalization of the area.

Who is J. Gardella?

John Gardella was a lender at Aquinas College Credit Union before he retired and gave the brothers their first business loan.

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