2009-10-18 / Dining & Entertainment

Riverfront Grille open for business

Family restaurant is a good spot for sports
By Jeanne Marcello Staff Reporter

Leigh Smith serves up an order of the Riverfront Grille’s nachos and a couple bowls of soup. Leigh Smith serves up an order of the Riverfront Grille’s nachos and a couple bowls of soup. CHESANING – Great food, grand nachos, unique burgers and pizzas are just a sample of what awaits you at the Riverfront Grille, on Front Street in downtown Chesaning.

The family restaurant offers delicious food, a smoke-free atmosphere, and lots of televisions for sports enthusiasts to enjoy football, baseball, golf, basketball, racing …all kinds of sports. They have all the NFL football games with Sunday ticket.

Matt Pierce opened the new restaurant, Oct. 9, with the help of his father, Fran Pierce. “This is what I’ve been doing the last 12 years of my life. I’ve been running a restaurant,” Matt said. He explained that he and his wife moved into Chesaning two years ago.

About a year ago, Matt sat down with Sally Schultz to discuss the idea he had for the Sarah’s Attic building.

Riverfront Grille partners, Fran Pierce (left) and his son, Matt Pierce (right) opened the new Chesaning bar & grill on Oct. 9. Riverfront Grille partners, Fran Pierce (left) and his son, Matt Pierce (right) opened the new Chesaning bar & grill on Oct. 9. Matt’s father, Fran, got involved as an investor financing the operation. “He decided it’s well worth it,” Matt said, “We decided to open this place.”

The restaurant seats 160 people; it has a combination of tall tables, standard tables and booths.

Matt said he has a “great staff” serving up “great food” such as the barbecue burger, nachos, philly cheese steak pizza, pesto pizza and more.

The bar selection includes eight drafts, 25 bottled beer varieties, wines, within the full bar selection.

“I think once everyone comes down here, they’ll realize how nice it is. It gives Chesaning a little more nightlife,” Matt said. He plans to bring in LIVE entertainment as well. The local 7th Hour Band was performing Saturday, Oct. 17. “think it should start bringing people in from out of town. It’s good for the community as a whole.”

“It’s just an overall fun place to be,” Matt commented.

The adjacent event center seats up to 225 people and is designed to accommodate weddings, receptions, reunions, meetings and Christmas parties.

With the recent completion of the River Restoration Project, the Riverfront Grille has prime placement for viewing the tiered fish ladder in the Shiawassee River. Matt has already talked with Chesaning Village officials about his future plans to add a patio onto the building. There’s a lot of enthusiasm over the entire project.

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