December 1, 2015         



Kate Moore, Vice President of Marketing & Public Relations

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Grand Rapids Public Museum Announces Book Signing Event

Lost Restaurants of Grand Rapids


Grand Rapids, MI – On Tuesday, December 8, the Grand Rapids Public Museum (GRPM) will partner with author Norma Lewis to bring Lost Restaurants of Grand Rapids to the Grand Rapids Public Museum’s Curiosity Shop.


Grand Rapids restaurants have served up meals and memories since the city’s earliest days. In this historical novel, the author explores the history of Grand Rapids’ most beloved eateries and the stories behind them. Some examples include, at Bentham’s, one of the first downtown restaurants, customers without money to eat could trade an animal pelt for supper. John Sebaitis, a local tavern owner, trained his German shepherd, Spooky, to serve beer to the patrons. And a seventeen year old, Gerald R. Ford worked part time as a server and dishwasher at Bill’s Place.


Be one of the first to purchase a copy of Lost Restaurants of Grand Rapids, at a book signing event outside the GRPM’s Curiosity Shop on December 8 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Guests will be able to talk with Norma Lewis, who can answer any questions about historical restaurants in Grand Rapids, as well as get their books signed. All proceeds from book sales will benefit the GRPM. Attending the book signing event is free to the public and does not include admission to the Museum. For more information about this event and the author, please visit


Norma Lewis has lived in or near Grand Rapids area for over twenty-five years.  She is a member of the Grand Rapids Historical Society, the Grand Rapids Women’s History Council and the Tri-Cities Historical Museum in Grand Haven. Lost Restaurants of Grand Rapids is her ninth book. She has authored five books with Arcadia Publishing, three of them with her late husband Jay de Vries and has also published a children’s book on the Transcontinental Railroad.


Grand Rapids Public Museum

The Grand Rapids Public Museum, accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, is located in downtown Grand Rapids, MI at 272 Pearl Street, NW. The mission of the Museum is to be a living monument of artifacts, ideas and stories told through exhibitions, events and educational programming designed to inspire, motivate and celebrate our human bond. We enrich the life of our community through experiences of the wider world in a uniquely Grand Rapids context. For additional information including hours of operation, admission fees and exhibit/event listings, please