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Nick Fink’s Bar

3965 West River Dr. Comstock Park, Mi. (616) 784-9886 (aka Riverside Hotel)

Nick Finks 1888 (maybe)

Nick Finks 1888

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The oldest bar in GR, Nick Fink’s was originally built in 1888 by Nick Fink, an immigrant from Prussia. It was originally named The Riversite Hotel, and has operated as a bar, hotel, barber shop, post office, and supposedly a brothel. An in-depth collection of photos and items for Nick Fink’s can be found at the Grand Rapids Public Museum. This includes a photo of a former owner flying off the roof in a bike, fitted with box-kite wings (he crashed into a telegraph pole and broke his arm). Ownership of Nick Fink’s transferred within the Fink family from Nick Fink II (the first person in Kent County to fly) all the way down to Nick Fink IV. The Gilmore Collection purchased Nick Fink’s in 2008.

Nick Fink's Bar (L-R) Mike Fink, Nick (aka Pat) Fink lll, Nick Fink lV

Nick Fink’s Bar (L-R) Mike Fink, Nick (aka Pat) Fink lll, Nick Fink lV

Nick Fink's Bar - Now

Nick Fink’s Bar – Now

http://www.thegilmorecollection.com/nickfinks-history.php

http://www.earlytelevision.org/nick_finks_bar.html

Below is a 1907 Kent County Atlas that shows Mrs. Nick Fink having a Livery and Riversite Hotel at this location: (Then click on map to enlarge it)

http://www.historicmapworks.com/…/Kent+County…/Michigan/

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Nick Fink's est. 1888
Nick Fink's est. 1888
Nick Fink's Bar front
Nick Fink's Bar front
Nick Fink's Bar inside booth's
Nick Fink's Bar inside booth's
Nick Fink's Bar Now
Nick Fink's Bar Now
Nick Fink's Bar - Riversite Hotel since 1888
Nick Fink's Bar - Riversite Hotel since 1888
Nick (aka Pat Fink) Fink and Mararet Wittlatch 1945
Nick (aka Pat Fink) Fink and Mararet Wittlatch 1945
Nick Fink's - Comstock Park
Nick Fink's - Comstock Park
Nick Fink's Bar Original
Nick Fink's Bar Original
Nick Fink's Bar - Now
Nick Fink's Bar - Now
Nick Fink's Bar (L-R) Mike Fink, Nick (aka Pat) Fink lll, Nick Fink lV
Nick Fink's Bar (L-R) Mike Fink, Nick (aka Pat) Fink lll, Nick Fink lV

 

Comstock Park – Facebook Group:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/134652789958457/940401279383600/?notif_t=like

http://www.comstockparkdda.org/index.php/2014-04-13-15-18-28/nickfinks

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