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  • Kurt Fedewa on behalf of Downtown Portland

Business Spotlight— RIVERSEDGE GRILL, Award Winning Grinders & More


The Riversedge Grill opened on Kent Street in September 2020 and it is owned and operated by Dennis Cunningham. It is a sports bar and restaurant serving American food, specializing in grinders. Formerly called the Red Tomato, it won the Mlive.com award for the best submarine sandwich in Mid-Michigan.


“What I’ve developed is a very affordable restaurant fit for the entire family and well-suited for gatherings of friends in a warm, comfortable atmosphere,” said Dennis. “People may come here to watch their favorite sports team on TV and we have multiple televisions. We also offer beer, wine, and liquor for those customers who enjoy these things.”


Grinders are a specialty of the restaurant. “We make the sub buns from scratch,” said Dennis. “When we assemble the sandwich, we provide the customer with twenty variations to choose from. All subs are then oven-baked and topped with the customer’s favorite toppings.”


The restaurant also sells other fare which has become a hit in Portland. “We have incorporated into the menu a great hamburger that some people think is the best one in Portland,” said Dennis. “We also feature thin-crust pizza and a full-menu breakfast. Breakfast is served everyday but Monday.”


Dennis has been working in the restaurant business for his entire working life. “I have owned restaurants since 1992,” he said. “I feel that I know what customers want in the way of food, with sensible pricing and with a friendly staff.”


The Riversedge Grill now offers service on the patio overlooking the Grand River. “The patio is a great option for those customers who enjoy outdoor dining with a beautiful view of the river,” said Dennis.


Dennis grew up in Hubbardson and has been living in Portland since 1988. “Portland is a great community,” he said. “I love living here. I moved my restaurant to the downtown area because of the downtown’s charm, including the river, and to bring a fun establishment to the city’s downtown.”


The Riversedge Grill is open seven days of the week. Dennis encourages everyone to stop in and to try the delicious menu while enjoying the welcoming atmosphere of downtown Portland.


This article was originally posted Downtown Portland newsletter for November 2023. You can find the full newsletter HERE.

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