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Restaurant Sought for L.C. Walker Arena

Muskegon Lumberjacks

The City of Muskegon could add a restaurant to L.C. Walker Arena, with Rad Dad’s Taco and Tequila Bar potentially opening at the venue. 

Muskegon has been looking to add new amenities to L.C. Walker Arena, which is currently home to the USHL’s Muskegon Lumberjacks. A planned upgrade to the arena could allow it to accommodate a full-service restaurant, and officials at one point were working to have a rum distillery occupy the space.

However, it has been confirmed that The West Michigan Rum Company will not move into the restaurant area, potentially freeing it up for Rad Dad’s Taco and Tequila Bar. More from

The city is planning to build the restaurant at the corner of West Western Avenue and Fourth Street, investing $350,000 in the project. The restaurant will be accessible from West Western as well as from inside the arena. It’s expected to take up 3,500 square feet of concourse space inside the arena and would include 500 square feet of outdoor dining space at the corner.

Annual rent would be based on the city’s actual costs to construct the space, but would be at least $35,000 annually, the commissioners were told. If the costs are $350,000, rent would be $43,750.

[Spokesman Matthew] Gongalski said the group would like a 10-year lease. He said the partners plan to invest between $150,000 and $200,000 in the space.

The city has not yet begun construction, though it erected a wall inside the arena blocking off the area reserved for the restaurant.

Plans call for the restaurant to be open on a year-round basis. In addition to the Lumberjacks, L.C. Walker Arena is the full-time home of Champions Indoor Football’s West Michigan Ironmen.

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