Downtown tiki bar schedules opening
Discover a “tropical paradise” in downtown Grand Rapids this fall.
Max’s South Seas Hideaway, a new tiki-themed restaurant, will open its doors on Oct. 19 in the former Waldron Building, at 58 Ionia Ave. SW.
Max’s is a passion project for the restaurant’s owners: Mark Sellers, owner of BarFly Ventures; Martin Cate, a James Beard-winning author, bar owner and mixologist; and Gecko, a Hawaii-based tiki and Polynesian artist.
A team of tradespeople and artists, working in conjunction with local contractors Wolverine Building Group and Phoenix Construction, has spent months transforming the three-story, 18,475-square-foot building into a Polynesian pop fantasy world.