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West Michigan Biz Beat: Openings, closings and other local business news for February

Written by  Josh Veal
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Soho Sushi is now open in the former space of XO Asian Cuisine. Soho Sushi is now open in the former space of XO Asian Cuisine.

 

Opening:

Parliament Collective (136 S. Division Ave., Grand Rapids) is celebrating a “Grand Reopening” on Feb. 3, 2017, just a few doors away from its previous location. The collective of three co-owners were working with a studio separate from the actual storefront before, but now it will all be in one place.

Soho Sushi (58 Monroe Center St. NW, Grand Rapids) is open for business where XO Asian Cuisine once stood. XO closed last fall, shortly after being temporarily shut down for numerous health code violations. The new restaurant moved the sushi bar’s location but retained much of the interior. Menu-wise, Soho focuses on specialty sushi, but also offers Chinese and Thai entrees. Check out the super affordable lunch specials if you work downtown.

Anna’s House (4700 Stadium Dr., Kalamazoo) is now open down in Kalamazoo, in what used to be Sophia’s House of Pancakes. Anna’s House is growing into a chain, now with five locations across West Michigan.

 

Other changes:

Woodland Mall (3195 28th St. SE, Grand Rapids) has announced some big changes, with the 300,000-square-foot Sears closing, allowing new stores to move in. Also, the Apple store will be moving to a much larger space down the hall, according to two sources. While renderings show stores such as REI and Shake Shack as “proposed” tenants, developers often produce renderings with stores they’d like to attract, so it’s not necessarily indication of what is to come.

 

growth:

Essence Restaurant Group is opening a second Green Well Gastropub location at 8 E. Bridge St. in downtown Rockford. The space was previously occupied by Reds On the River, which moved to Thousand Oaks Golf Club last year, partially due to a lack of parking. Essence, on the other hand, is embracing the walkability of downtown Rockford, an executive told our sister publication, MiBiz. Essence also operates Grove and Bistro Bella Vita.

 

Closed:

Bagger Dave’s (241 Fulton St., Grand Rapids) closed in January, with seven years remaining on the lease agreement, after a record of poor sales. The property management company, Eenhoorn LLC, is now looking for a new tenant in what is considered a prime location, being downtown and near the river. 

 

 

If you have any closings, openings or other business news for REVUE, e-mail josh@revuewm.com.

 

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