owners of fine dining venues in grand rapids, mi
French steakhouse and bistro
Unrivaled rooftop views with bar and dining options
9th St Steaks
Cheesesteaks with no shortcuts
Mertens Hospitality was founded in 2017 with the opening of New Hotel Mertens Brasserie, located in the former lobby and dining room of the 1914-hotel of the same name. In 2020, the restaurant was re-named Mertens Prime, though it maintained all of the original French sensibilities of the brasserie. Grand Rapids Magazine named the restaurant in its Top 10 restaurants list in Grand Rapids in 2020.
In 2018, the company developed and opened Mertens Rooftop, and it has quickly become the premier outdoor venue in Grand Rapids with unrivaled views of the skyline and unobstructed sunsets; set against a selection of fine food and beverage and elegant French ambiance.
In 2019, the company opened Cafe Mertens. This small venue with its own entrance on the corner of Oakes and Commerce focuses on street-food with French roots. Hot beignets and cafe au lait are featured in the morning. Frites and a wide variety of poutine are featured after noon.
9th St. Steaks was added to the roster during the height of the pandemic crisis in 2020; offering premium, from-scratch cheesesteaks, onion rings, fries and shakes.
Mertens Hospitality is owned by Sara Tangorra. Sara leads the company's operations and oversight. Sara's husband Anthony founded Mertens and led the company until early 2021 when Anthony stepped away from the company's day-to-day management to pursue opportunities in the airline industry. In 2010 Anthony founded Airspace Lounge, an independent airport lounge company which he subsequently sold to Swissport. After Airspace Anthony took an executive role at Manchester Airport Group in the U.K. and and led the exportation of the their airport lounge brand Escape to the U.S.. Anthony opened and contracted to open 10 lounges around the U.S. for Escape; partnering with James Beard nominated chefs and originating a long-term, national partnership and benefit agreement with the American Express Platinum and Centurion card products. Anthony and Sara and their two young children reside in Heritage Hill in Grand Rapids.