Red Knapp's Restaurants History


Roger Knapp (Red’s Son)
Personal History

Roger Knapp has been in the restaurant business since he was fourteen years old, working with his mother and father in Red Knapp’s Dairy Bar. After attending college for two and a half years and serving in the military services, Roger returned to Rochester, Michigan, and in 1962 purchased and operated Red Knapp’s Dairy Bar. He leased the building from his father. Red Knapp’s Dairy Bar has been an institution in Rochester and is known throughout the metropolitan area. In 1971, Roger sold the dairy bar to his brother, Gerald Knapp, who currently operates it.

Roger started, owned & operated The Cooper’s Arms in downtown Rochester for 20 years.  In 1991, Roger sold The Coopers Arms to Kruse and Muer organization, currently operating as the Rochester Chop House.

Roger has also been active within the community as a city councilman for the past twelve years. For five of those years, Roger was the Mayor of the City of Rochester, (1984-1989), served on the Planning Commission for five years, and has been a member of the Downtown Development Authority and the Executive Committee for twelve years.

Brett Knapp (Red’s Grandson)
Personal History

Brett Knapp has been involved in the restaurant since working with his father at the Coopers Arms during high school. In 1987, Brett attended Michigan State University and graduated with a degree in business administration in 1992.

Brett has been President and General Manager of Red Knapp’s American Grill, in Oxford, Michigan, since its inception in 1996. The historical building in which Red Knapp’s is located was vacant for several years when Roger Knapp bought the building. He then leased it to Brett and together they designed and did a majority of the renovations.

Brett has also been active in the real estate development market in Oxford.  He has bought and renovated commercial buildings in the downtown area, one of which was vacant for several years and now is fully occupied.  Another building was the old “Hallmark Building”, a very visible corner in the downtown that he had renovated and later sold.