MDRD Restaurant at Amway Grand Plaza Hotel

Gensler utilized dynamic seating options and still ensured that every seat is the “best seat in the house” in the dining area at MDRD Restaurant at Amway Grand Plaza Hotel.

  • area / size 6,000 sqft
  • Year 2020
  • Type Restaurant,
  • It all began with a love for Madrid. This passion for a city brimming with culture and cuisine inspired the Spanish-centric menu and provided a vibrant, celebratory starting point for the design of the newly renovated MDRD Restaurant at Amway Grand.

    The team set out to create an energetic, artful experience that offers design and dishes one would expect in a major city while also providing an accessible, decidedly unstuffy environment where locals can relax and enjoy good food and good company.

    The fresh design approach allows visitors to select from a variety of experiences depending on the group or occasion.

    The social lounge near the entry invites diners to pop in for small bites and cocktails, enjoying a cozy atmosphere and a stunning vantage point to enjoy the sunset. Beyond the lounge is the bar, which connects the lounge to the dining area. Plush niches and elongated barstools for two complete the space, offering the ideal setting for date night, while a long banquette allows for casual dining.

    Situated along the new glass façade, the space is designed with a unique terraced seating element, offering city and river views for all who visit Grand Rapids’ restaurant in the sky.

    A custom tile installation spills through the dining and bar areas, reminiscent of falling confetti and the classic costumes associated with Spain’s famous Carnival celebration. Custom lighting hangs above, a modern take on the hoops and batons of street performers.

    The renovation expands private dining options at MDRD, increasing private rooms from three to five. Each is themed based one of the many cultural experiences and historic moments Spain is known for, including the Chueca High Heel Race, the matadors of Salamanca, Madrid’s Puerta del Sol, renowned heroine Agustina de Aragón, and the El Rastro flea market. Large scale, textural artwork adorns the walls to bring the concepts to life.

    Design: Gensler
    Contractor: Rockford Construction
    Photography: Dan Ham