“The Grand Rapids restaurant community has received its due national attention in recent years, and I am very excited to have the opportunity to contribute to the momentum the local area has generated.”


managing member & restaurant director, anthony tangorra:

“We’re excited to have Paul share his culinary gifts with the city of Grand Rapids. He is developing a menu that is designed to have him bring out his own talent and creativity within the expansive world of French cuisine and premium steaks and chops that is Mertens Prime. We’re excited to the be the platform for Paul’s next step in his culinary journey.”

more from tangorra:

“2020 has been a roller coaster for not just the restaurant community, but the entire country.  obviously we've been no exception to that-- but now with paul coming onboard we're more optimistic than ever that mertens will soon be able to soar to new heights.  we've been so fortunate to inherit our beautiful dining room and our spectacular rooftop lounge, and putting that ambiance together with paul's talent-level; we have an opportunity to do something very special"