• Brooklyn Verplank

Finn's Speakeasy Now Open in Downtown Spring Lake

Finn’s, a modern chophouse, has been open downtown Spring Lake since April 2021. The 1920’s classy chicago speakeasy ambiance can make anyone feel like they are in a big city and an escape from our small town. Trevor Rose says this style and atmosphere helps “[make] food shine more than anything else in the place.”

Finn Treece, the Founder and Head Chef at Finn’s, has a history of working in the food industry in West Michigan. He attended the Sim Culinary Institute in Muskegon before going into the restaurant business. He was the Head Chef and owner of Smalltown Sandwich Shop. He has also worked at The Lakehouse in Muskegon and was a Sous Chef at the Muskegon Yacht Club.

Finn would say that the most ordered items are the petite filet and the gratin dauphinois. Finn’s plans on changing the menu 2-3 times a year with the seasons, and the fall version is coming out next week. His advice for others who are interested in cooking as either a hobby or as a career is to “Take your time, learn as much as you can, don’t ever think you know everything because you never will.”

Trevor Rose, the General Manager of Finn’s, used to work as a bartender at the Spring Lake Country Club, before moving up to managing food and beverages. He then went on to work at many restaurants including Hidden River Golf, Casting Club and AlpenRose. Trevor said the most difficult part of his job is “dealing with people. Every staff member has different schedules and especially with COVID-19… we were supposed to open our rooftop this year but we weren’t able to because we couldn’t get enough staff.” Finn’s is currently in need of hosts, dishwashers, and food runners. You must be 18+ years old to serve food. Trevor would say that the most surprising thing is the full turnout every night, 50% new people and 50% returning people bringing back bigger parties and more new faces. Trevor said that food price ranges vary greatly to appeal to all demographics. Main entrees range from a $14 burger to a $95 tomahawk ribeye.

Finn’s is a restaurant that gives a fine experience to anyone who walks in, whether for a drink at the first come first serve bar or in the up-scale dining room. For the record, my favorite item on the menu is the key lime pie, so make sure to save room for dessert!

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