Replacing the former Watermark Grille, “Cork” opened this week at the Grand Rapids, Mich., club and “Vintage” will be unveiled in May, when the club finishes a dual 100-plus seat outdoor patio with fire pits that will serve both restaurants. Both restaurants fall under the umbrella of the RedWater Restaurant Group, a division of club management company Watermark Properties.
The former Watermark Grille in Grand Rapids, Mich., has reopened as “Cork,” an upscale casual restaurant located at the expanded Watermark Country Club, Michigan Live reported.
Next month, Cork will be joined by “Vintage,” a high-end prime steak and fresh seafood restaurant that will operate four days a week and feature an extensive wine list, Live reported.
“We’ve created two restaurants here within our facility,” said Craig Smith, chief operating officer of RedWater Restaurant Group.
Cork and Vintage fall under the umbrella of the RedWater Restaurant Group, a division of country club management company Watermark Properties, Live reported.
RedWater has been trying to raise the profile of its other restaurants, which Smith said are all open to the general public but tend to suffer the perception as private establishments due to their attachment to country clubs. Rebranding Watermark as Cork is another step along that path, he said.
“The name similarity has always been a challenge for us,” Smith said. “The restaurant has done very well, but we think there’s more business we can capture.”
The menu at Cork will include small plates, sandwiches and burgers, fresh fish, pork, chicken, and steaks alongside a craft beer and wine list. Appetizers range from $8 to $13; sandwiches $9 to $10; entrees $13 to $27, Live reported.
At Vintage, the wine list will approach 200 bottles and menu will be pricier, Live reported.
“We want to create what we think is the largest wine list in the area,” Smith said. “We feel like there’s a market for that out here.”
Vintage should open in May, Smith said, around the time when Watermark finishes a dual 100-plus seat outdoor patio with fire pits and golf course views that will serve both restaurants. Also in May, the facility’s new 450-seat banquet center opens, Live reported.
At Vintage, “our hope is that it will be reservation only and we’ll have a waiting list, but time will tell,” Smith said.