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ABOUT IRON GRAND RAPIDS

Iron is a spirited eatery, embracing the “Simple, Real and Honest” atmosphere and cuisine unique to Midwestern culture. Dining in the Great Lakes Region is as much about the company and conversation as it is about the food. Bring your friends or family and enjoy a warm cast iron meal and a handcrafted cocktail. And when the weather heats up, pass the time lounging in the fresh air on our exceptional outdoor patio.

We love West Michigan, which is why our food and drink menus feature ingredients and products from our regional farmers, brewers and businesses. Using our chef designed “Cast Iron Grill” and wood burning oven, we enhance the flavors of the freshest seasonal products available to achieve our creative approach to Midwestern comfort food.

Come in and make yourself at home.

CHRIS PERKEY, CHEF/OWNER

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.

DREW MANNI, SOUS CHEF