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West Michigan Biz Beat: Openings, closings and other local business news, September 2018

Written by  Josh Veal
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A Roundup of Openings, Closings and other Local Business News


The long-awaited Bridge Street Market (405 Seward Ave. NW, Grand Rapids) has arrived. Owned by Meijer, the new grocery store is part of a larger development that also contains apartments, parking, the new West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology office and more.

Hopland Brewstillery (977 Butternut Dr., Holland) opened as well, offering original beer and spirits, including Blue Waves, a blueberry brandy, and Boat Bouncer, a spiced rum. Hopland plans to add alcoholic kombucha, cold brew nitro coffee and more. A variety of wine is available as well, like the Night Kick, a blackberry cabernet. The modern, intimate taproom has 40 taps for beer and six flatscreen TVs. 

Tantrick Brewing Co. (633 Hooker Dr., Allegan) also opened with a solid selection of classic brews, like the Tilted Kolsch, Golden Mosaic Smash and Hopademic IPA. Musicians gather to perform, while local food trucks arrive occasionally to offer food for the laid-back taproom out in Allegan.

Rad Dads’ Tacos and Tequila Bar (470 W. Western Ave., Muskegon) joined the party, offering unique tacos like the Cracklin Me Up, with smoked pulled chicken, house verde sauce and chicken cracklins, or the Avocontrol, with tempura-battered avocado, cilantro-lime vin, roasted corn salsa and corn nuts. The full bar is stocked with tequila, moonshine, beer and more. 

After a difficult, year-long process, Corner Bar (31 N. Main St., Rockford) is finally back. The community staple burned down last year and was forced to rebuild. However, everything people loved about the bar and restaurant has returned, including the chili dogs, affordable drinks, wall of fame (for those who can eat 12 chili dogs in four hours) and walk-up takeout window — even the iconic neon sign is back in place. 

Soaring Eagle Casino (6800 Soaring Eagle Blvd., Mt. Pleasant) opened ASCEND, a sports bar and nightclub with dining, live performances, slot machines and TVs for sports. The casino also opened a new poker room and enclosed non-smoking gaming area.


Balinski’s (4255 Alpine Ave., Comstock Park) decided to close last month after about a year of providing authentic Polish food to the community, from pierogis to golabki (stuffed cabbage), kielbasa and potato pancakes. In a Facebook post, the restaurant said the decision was difficult, but was made so the owners could better focus on family matters.

—Compiled by Josh Veal

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