Herb & Fire Pizzeria(2121 Celebration Dr. NE) just opened its second location, this time in Grand Rapids. The Grandville-based concept offers sandwiches and gourmet personal pizzas, with options like the Vestito Di Bianco: white sauce, grilled zucchini, bacon, garlic-wilted spinach, tomatoes and mozzarella.
Nothing Bundt Cakes (5121 28th St. SE, Grand Rapids) arrived in the Cascade area, and the name pretty much says it all. Brace yourself for every flavor of cake you could imagine, from Chocolate Chocolate Chip to Carrot and White Chocolate Raspberry. For a smaller serving, get your hands on a bundtlet or the even smaller bundtini.
7 Monks Taproom (740 Michigan St. NE, Grand Rapids) is here with 51 craft beer taps and all kinds of gastropub delicacies, like Korean Nachos, the Bacon Jam Burger and a Sweet Potato Pizza. Expect this concept from Traverse City to become a Michigan Street staple.
Just up the road, Palio Ristorante (545 Michigan St. NE, Grand Rapids) opened its doors with a very quick turnaround after El Barrio Mexican Grill’s closure in February. Named after a famous horse race in Italy, the restaurant was founded in Ann Arbor, offering high-end pizzas, pasta and other Tuscan-style cuisine.
Bostwick Bakery (4029 Plainfield Ave., Grand Rapids) opened a new location in Northview, bringing its signature large donuts and baked goods to the area, along with lunch options like chili dogs, burgers and fries.
Dokl’s Meat Market (4615 West River Dr., Comstock Park) is the first place on our list this month that’s not a second (or third, or fourth, etc.) location. This brand new market set up shop in Comstock Park, offering all kinds of choice meat and cheese.
In Muskegon, 18th Amendment Spirits Co.(250 W. Western Ave.) had its grand opening with whistle punk., a once-closed pizzeria that teamed up with 18th Amendment for a second life. Stop in for a wood-fired pizza and craft spirits made into top-notch cocktails.
The owners of Riverside Liquor opened Riverside Lounge (5430 Northland Dr., Grand Rapids) directly next door, in the space that once held Real Food Cafe — which has moved to Plainfield. The lounge has 50 taps, focusing on specialty beers that are unusual or hard to find. Sit back, have a beer and then fill up your growler or grab a crowler to go.
Sip Organic Juice Bar (423 Norwood Ave. SE, Grand Rapids) shut down its Eastown location very suddenly, giving one day of warning to the public. Now, only the Forest Hills location remains at 888 Forest Hills Ave., Grand Rapids.