We know (and it has already been said a few times) that a lot of people will think of a certain Red Wings goalie when they hear the name Osgood. Well, I suppose I can think of worse things to be affiliated with, but in actuality the name belonged to a man who lived almost 200 years ago. Okay, now that I say that, it sounds fairly geeky, but the truth will come out sooner or later – we are a little geeky. We were reading a book that belonged to my Grandpa, open to whatever inspiration or unique facts that might come through to us, and a name was tucked in among those of the early residents and servants that played a role in Grandville’s establishment. Among those pages we read about Hiram Osgood, a lawyer who kept a tavern to supplement his income – Osgood Tavern – which was the first in Grandville. Ron and our friend Chris even went digging through the historical society’s records, old pictures, papers, and maps, truly fascinated by the city’s past, something I think we all find ourselves a little too busy to think about, but we were very excited about what we were learning. The old photos and names brought to life a time that is virtually forgotten, as other parts of our city are developed with well-known restaurants and stores. When a renovation was planned for the “old” downtown, something just seemed to call us to this idea of being a part of it, and creating something that was unique to the city.
It was just a few sentences in the midst of a long story, but the name stuck in our heads as we tried to find a way to honor our connection to the city. We want everyone to know that our hearts are in this. We are not simply opening a business that could exist anywhere. It had to be here. It is about being woven into the beautiful story of this town, and we wanted to tie our thread to the past in the spirit of history and tradition, and with faith in the future.