A big year for downtown Grand Rapids cuisine

As the retail, retention and attraction specialist for the town, App is fired up about the foreseeable future of downtown retail. Picture by Teri Genovese

Even restaurants that have emerged from the past two yrs seemingly unscathed still have skilled their ups and downs.

So it is in all probability not a surprise a number of wonderful dining establishments shut their doorways at the stop of 2021, such as a former Greatest Dining places honoree Osteria Rossa and a single of the very best taco joints, Taqueria San Jose.

Closures of some favourite places to eat are by no means easy, but on the flip side, 2022 is shaping up to be a large yr for the downtown Grand Rapids food items scene, and retail in general, in accordance to Richard Application, the retail, retention and attraction expert for the metropolis of Grand Rapids.

“While I’m sorry to see some dining places go, I’m far more optimistic likely into this yr than 2021,” App told GR Magazine at the starting of the year. “We have some new places that currently opened up, Stan’s Tacos, Terra Bagel, MDRD. We’re carrying out great matters.”

There’s probable under no circumstances been a greater time to be a foodie in Grand Rapids than the period we’re getting into, App claimed. And whilst that may be for the reason that foodie society truly has taken keep, there is nonetheless nothing like checking out the cuisines and meals cultures of the planet and tasting the artistry of proficient chefs.

App reported the mix of forms of restaurants is eye-popping, whether it’s the bagels from Terra Bagel hopping into a storefront downtown or a number of new Korean barbecue areas or the Küsterer Brauhaus on Bridge Road that will deliver an authentic German beer and food expertise back again to downtown Grand Rapids.

“I seriously see 2022 to be a beneficial experience for diners and the retail sector in Grand Rapids,” Application said. “I’m seriously owning pleasurable with my job, because as a pair doors near, all these alternatives are climbing. Our town is amazing.”

In a way, the pandemic also may have get rid of some positive mild and introduced some helpful improvements to Grand Rapids, Application mentioned. The downtown social zones have opened up solutions for Grand Rapidians to enjoy the best of the metropolis during all four seasons of the yr, regardless of whether a pandemic rages on or not.

“We’re type of admiring living in the Upper Midwest, we’re a four-season town,” he mentioned. “Our downtown is definitely poised for some advancement. It is a life style issue we’re craving and what we’re bringing.”

The vibe extends beyond food items, too, as Application highlighted the large buy-in from Gazelle Sports activities, which ideas to open up a downtown retail site this calendar year.

“People paint doom and gloom when a restaurant closes and certainly, it’s been hard with offer chain challenges and a deficiency of staff members,” he said. “But my forecast moving forward is we’re in a great place. When we signed Gazelle Athletics, which is a huge thing, for a company as an market leader for so lengthy that’s getting achievements all about the state, to make a determination to occur downtown. That demonstrates purchaser self esteem.”

A handful of of the eating places recently opened or set to open up in just the next handful of months:

Beacon Corner Bar, 38 W. Fulton St.

Social Misfits, 43 W. Fulton St.

Stan’s Tacos, 67 Ottawa Ave. SW

Ambiance GR Kitchen area & Lounge, 106 Pearl St. NW

Barrio Tacos, 37 Ottawa Ave. NW

Brooklyn Bodega Bagels & Deli, 10 Jefferson Ave. SE

Grove, (reopening) 919 Cherry St. SE

Küsterer Brauhaus, 642 Bridge St. NW

Actual Seafood Co., 141 Lyon St. NW

Scholar, 11 Ionia Ave. SW

Woodrows, 187 Monroe Ave. NW

This story can be uncovered in the March/April 2022 issue of Grand Rapids Magazine. To get a lot more stories like this shipped to your mailbox, subscribe right here. 

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