The Most Notable New Bars in America

Max’s South Seas Hideaway has made the most notable new bars in America list by PUNCH. 

What: A three-story tiki oasis located in a historic downtown building, decorated with owner Mark Sellers’ personal collection of midcentury artifacts.

Who: Martin Cate (Smuggler’s Cove), Mark Sellers (TikiCat), Gecko (a renowned tiki artist)

Where: Downtown

When: October 19

Why it’s important: The first tiki bar of this scale to open in the 21st century, Max’s South Seas Hideaway represents the combined efforts of several of the tiki world’s most distinguished figures.

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Downtown Tiki Bar Schedules Opening – Grand Rapids Business Journal

Max’s South Seas Hideaway, a new tiki-themed restaurant, will open its doors on Oct. 19 in the former Waldron Building, at 58 Ionia Ave. SW.

Max’s is a passion project for the restaurant’s owners: Mark Sellers, owner of BarFly Ventures; Martin Cate, a James Beard-winning author, bar owner and mixologist; and Gecko, a Hawaii-based tiki and Polynesian artist.

A team of tradespeople and artists, working in conjunction with local contractors Wolverine Building Group and Phoenix Construction, has spent months transforming the three-story, 18,475-square-foot building into a Polynesian pop fantasy world.

Max’s will also feature Sellers’s personal collection of mid-century and modern tiki artifacts.

“When you step inside Max’s, you’ll enter a fantasy world unlike anything previously seen in Grand Rapids,” Sellers said.

“Everything from the music to the service, tropical cocktails, artwork and gourmet food is being created to transport guests to a place far from their day-to-day life. Our goal is for people to forget the outside world exists, if only for an hour or two.”

The building will feature three bars with several semi-private tiki huts, as well as two private dining areas.

The menu will feature a cocktail selection by Cate and a gourmet food menu from chef Joseph Peebles.

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Grand Rapids’ new tiki bar opening in October – 13 On Your Side

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Get ready to feel the island vibes next month.

Downtown Grand Rapids’ is getting a new, three-story tiki bar, restaurant and boutique. It’s going into the historic Waldron Public House, located at 58 Ionia Ave. SW.

Max’s South Seas Hideaway has been highly anticipated for months now and they recently announced their grand opening date. The tiki bar will be open to the public on Saturday, Oct. 19.

According to a release, Max’s is “a passion project” for owners Mark Sellers, founder of HopCat; Martin Cate, a James Beard award-winning author, bar owner and expert mixologist; and Gecko, a renowned Hawaii-based tiki and Polynesian artist.

A team of tradespeople and artists worked with local contractors from Wolverine Constuction and Phoenix Construction spent months transforming the Waldron into a “Polynesian Pop fantasy world.” Max’s will also feature owner Mark Seller’s collection of mid-century and modern tiki artifacts — one of the largest collections of its kind in the world.

The menu at Max’s will feature handmade cocktails like Mai Tai and Zombie, along with custom drinks created just for the tiki bar with fresh tropical fruits and juices. There will be classic items like the Pu Pu Platter — shareable Polynesian-inspired appetizers — along with fresh seafood selections, dry-aged steaks, tasty desserts, as well as vegan and vegetarian items.

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Tiki restaurant opening in downtown Grand Rapids next month – Wood TV

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The founder of Hopcat is hoping to tap into tiki tourism with his newest restaurant, opening in downtown Grand Rapids next month.

Max’s South Seas Hideaway is already taking online reservations ahead of its Oct. 19 opening at 4 p.m. Construction is well underway on transforming the three-story building at 58 Ionia Ave. SW near Stella’s Lounge into a Polynesian paradise featuring Hopcat creator Mark Sellers’ extensive collection of tiki artifacts.

Sellers and Martin Cate, who teamed up to create the acclaimed TikiCat in Kansas City, Missouri, are doing it again for this venture, announced in April. They’re working with Hawaii-based tiki and Polynesian artist Gecko to pull off their vision.

“Everything from the music, to the service, tropical cocktails, artwork, and gourmet food is being created to transport guests to a place far from their day-to-day life. Our goal is for people to forget the outside world exists, if only for an hour or two,” Sellers explained in a Tuesday news release.

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Max’s South Seas Hideaway Schedules Opening – Grand Rapids Magazine

A new “tropical paradise” is opening soon in downtown Grand Rapids.

Max’s South Seas Hideaway, a tiki-themed restaurant, will open on Oct. 19 in the old Waldron Building, at 58 Ionia Ave. SW.

The restaurant is a passion project for its three co-owners: Mark Sellers, owner of BarFly Ventures; Gecko, a Hawaii-based tiki and Polynesian artist; and Martin Cate, a James Beard-winning author, bar owner, and mixologist.

The three-story, 18,475-square-foot building was transformed into a Polynesian pop world by a team of tradespeople and artists, along with local general contractors Wolverine Construction and Phoenix Construction.

Sellers’ personal collection of modern and mid-century tiki artifacts will be featured at Max’s.

Sellers said, “When you step inside Max’s, you’ll enter a fantasy world unlike anything previously seen in Grand Rapids.”

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Hiring center opens for new Tiki bar coming to GR – Fox 17

Mark Sellers, owner and founder on Fox 17 West Michigan to talk about the upcoming Grand Opening!

We are less than two months away from the grand opening of a new tiki bar in Grand Rapids and the owners are now hiring for several positions.

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Large-scale, Grand Rapids tiki bar to hire more than 100 people – MLIVE

Max’s, which will be located at 58 Ionia Ave. SW, is being opened by HopCat creator Mark Sellers and Martin Cate, an award-winning rum and exotic cocktail expert who owns several bars, including Smuggler’s Cove tiki bar in San Francisco.

In a news release, Max’s said managers will conduct on-the-spot interviews at the hiring center. Applicants should bring a resume if they have one available.

The full list of positions the restaurant is hiring includes bartenders, servers, cooks, dishwashers, food runners, server assistants, bar backs and hosts.

“We will offer world-class service in an environment that’s designed to be as fun to work in as it is to dine and drink in,” Sellers said. “We will be hiring a team committed to creating a sense of Ohana for our guests and their fellow employee family members.”

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