It's been closed since March, 2019. There is a huge crane on top of it, and it's being totally recreated. It was THE dining spot to go in Grand Rapids for years, and now it is reopening, but it's going to be totally brand new.

Cygnus 27, the go-to destination for spectacular downtown views high above the city while enjoying fabulous food and drinks is being totally redone and soon a new restaurant will spice up Grand Rapids’ restaurant scene from about 250 feet above the city.

WOODTV8 reported the new dining spot will be MDRD, pronounced Madrid, and it is taking over the space that was formerly home to the Amway Grand Plaza hotel’s Cygnus 27 after their $40 million dollar facelift of the hotel's tower.

So how do they describe what we will find at MDRD? They will serve up modern Spanish cuisine and “lavish” alcoholic drinks.

Located on Amway Grand Plaza’s 27th floor, the restaurant will feature panoramic views of the downtown skyline. A rendering provided by hotel officials shows gold, metal and wood finishes similar to the design at other Amway Grand bars and restaurants, including Rendezvous.

With the COVID-19 pandemic, Amway Grand’s other indoor dining areas shut down this past March under executive orders aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19. But, the good news is that Ruth’s Chris Steak House and IDC reopened June 18. The Kitchen Counter by Wolfgang Puck and The Kitchen by Wolfgang Puck are also serving customers again.

MDRD is hiring and the restaurant is expected to open Nov. 17.


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