The Green Well is set to open a second location this year with more to follow.

The new Rockford location is the first of what could be several additional Green Well locations.

The Green Well is a popular Grand Rapids restaurant which opened in 2007 and is run by Essence Restaurant Group. The new restaurant will open in the former Reds on the River location in the Rockford Promenade Building at 8 East Bridge Street in downtown Rockford.

The Rockford location is currently being remodeled and is expected to open in early summer of 2017.

Expect both locations to be similar, but not identical. The Green Well Rockford will have indoor seating for 120 and capacity for 60 in the outdoor patio area.

“Our Rockford location will allow the start of future growth for The Green Well brand without diluting what we have created on Cherry Street in Grand Rapids," said Essence Restaurant Group Managing Partner James Berg.

Essence plans hire 35 to 40 new employees to run The Green Well Rockford.

Once the remodel is complete, The Promenade Building will have two new retail spaces located on either side of the restaurant.