Owners sell Real Food Café to partner restaurants

Both Real Food Café locations have been sold to a group of local restaurants.

Husband-wife co-owners and co-founders Frank and Renee Amodeo have sold their longtime restaurants, Real Food Café at 2419 Eastern Ave. SE in Grand Rapids and 3514 Plainfield Ave. NE in Grand Rapids Township, to Jeff Lobdell, owner of Restaurant Partners, according to a Facebook post on Nov. 17 by Lobdell.

The Amodeos told the Business Journal they were ready to “move on to the next chapter.”

“We… have found solace in Lobdell and his company, as they have a good reputation for caring for staff and guests in their other transitions that we have seen,” the couple said. “We cannot thank our staff and guests enough for all of their support over the years and the wonderful memories we have all created together. “

Les Amodeos founded Real Food Café in 2000 with the first location in the Alger Heights neighborhood of Grand Rapids on Eastern Avenue SE. They then added the second location on Northland Drive in 2006, which moved to Plainfield Avenue NE in 2016.

“The Real Food Café locations are award-winning breakfast and lunch restaurants (which) are some of the best breakfast spots in all of Western Michigan,” Lobdell said. “Real Food Café is operated by longtime, loyal staff members who work as a team to serve their customers and their community. There are many similarities between these local treasures which can be compared to many of our favorite and award winning local places.

“Together, our 4GR8Food brands and these wonderful establishments will continue to serve our communities and provide hospitality, food and safe places to gather for the neighborhoods in which we all operate. “

Restaurant Partners owns and operates five independent locations in Traverse City and 13 independent locations in the Grand Rapids area. Its brands are listed on the company’s website, 4gr8food.com.

Lobdell said in comments on another post that Restaurant Partners will update the cafe‘s point-of-sale system to allow credit card payments. Restaurants have long been known to operate cash only.

More information on Real Food Café and its history at realfoodcafe.com/about-us.

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