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

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


Work has begun on Friesian Gastro Pub (720 Michigan St., Grand Rapids), a new restaurant set to open on the Medical Mile later this year. The gastro pub will focus on affordable and unpretentious comfort food with an eclectic twist, also offering a wide variety of drinks. The taproom and outdoor patio combined will seat more than 100 people, with plans for a 50-person rooftop deck in the future. 


Waypost Brewing Co. (1630 Blue Star Highway, Fennville), founded by a brewer and winemaker, has joined the beverage scene out in Fennville. The small brewery is based on a farm, which provides some of the beer’s ingredients, much like a winery. At open, Waypost had a saison, Norwegian pale ale, porter and raspberry wheat on tap, with plans to bottle in the future.

HopCat Knapp’s Corner (2183 E. Beltline Ave. NE, Grand Rapids) opened, giving Grand Rapids two locations, though in very different parts of town. The Knapp location is located right outside Celebration! Cinema North and has 80 taps, including a “Local 30,” featuring iconic and solid brews from all around Michigan. The food menu differs somewhat from downtown’s location, with pizza and stuffed burgers added to the offerings.

Juju Bird is opening this month in Grand Rapids’ Downtown Market (435 Ionia Ave. SW, Grand Rapids), sometime mid- to late-October. The owners, Blon Hang and Yang Hang, also own Rak Thai, but Juju’s food will be very different, focusing on buttermilk fried chicken. The menu will include chicken sandwiches, wings, mashed potatoes and more. It’s setting up shop in the space previously occupied by Making Thyme Kitchen, which is moving to Alger Heights this fall.


Much to West Michigan’s dismay, Marie Catrib’s (1001 Lake Dr. SE, Grand Rapids) is closing on Oct. 20. The owner is ready to move on to “the next chapter in my life,” according to a Facebook post. Marie Catrib’s became somewhat of an institution in Grand Rapids due to its unique food, charming atmosphere, vegan offerings and innovative bakery. Catrib herself passed away in 2013, and her son, Fouad, took over.

Rockford Riverside Grille (8 E. Bridge St. NE, Rockford) closed its restaurant and switched to an event space, following in the footsteps of several restaurants in the area. The family restaurant opened as a second Green Well location, then rebranded back in April. The owner, Essence Restaurant Group, cited a desire to focus on its other businesses, Grove, Bistro Bella Vita and Green Well in Grand Rapids.

—Compiled by Josh Veal

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