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IRON embraces Midwestern food, culture and hospitality. We consider our style of service to be “Elevated Midwestern Hospitality.” We value both quality service and locally sourced, Midwest rooted cuisine with high regard. With an emphasis on cast iron cooking, you are guaranteed to enjoy a perfectly prepared meal with impeccable, approachable service.


As we like to say, “We are forged in the mitten, and inspired by tradition!”


Chef Chris Perkey brings over 20 years’ experience to the kitchen. A homegrown Midwesterner, Chef Chris spent the early days of his career working in Chicago restaurants, where he learned from inspiring culinary experts such as Tony Mantuano and Wolfgang Puck. He held positions at top-notch eateries including Spiaggia, Tuttaposto, Christopher’s American Bistro and Spago. It was through these positions he discovered his passion for real food, perfect ingredients and creative preparation.

Chef Chris moved to West Michigan with the opening of Grand Rapids restaurant Bistro Bella Vita where he spent three award-winning years. When he and his wife opened their own restaurant, EGR Firehouse, it received Best Casual Dining awards and positive national press. Most recently, Chef Chris opened the critically acclaimed casual Italian restaurant, Osteria Rossa, in downtown Grand Rapids. IRON is a long-time dream concept of Chef Chris’ that came to fruition on early 2016.

Kevin is a native of Grand Rapids. He started his restaurant career early as a busser, and worked his way to management by the age of 19. He has been in restaurant management for over 10 years now. Kevin acquired a culinary education at GRCC’s Secchia Institute For Culinary Education, and then shortly after moved on to experience restaurants in different cities. After spending three years in Naples, FL between Roy’s Restaurant and The Bay House where he learned much of his knowledge of wine and hospitality, and three years at Duo Restaurant in Denver, Colorado, Kevin returned to his hometown of Grand Rapids. Chef Chris Perkey, Chef Jody Grenier, and Kevin partnered up in the early developmental stages of IRON to help create what IRON is today. Kevin and Chef Perkey share a deep appreciation for wine, craft beer, and Midwestern culture.