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

Written by  Josh Veal
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Squibb Coffee is planning a new location at 1220 W. Fulton St., Grand Rapids, right by John Ball Zoo. The second location will be a partnership with Rise Bakery, creating a combination bakery and cafe. No opening date has been announced.

The City of Muskegon is building a convention center, attached to the downtown LC Walker Arena (470 W. Western Ave., Muskegon). The 45,000-square-foot convention center also will be connected to the 201-room Holiday Inn Muskegon Harbor, which will soon become a Delta by Marriott. The goal is to accelerate the city’s growth and bring visitors from across the state to Muskegon.


Danzon Cubano (1 Carlton Ave. SE, Grand Rapids) has joined the ranks of Eastown, presenting “a tribute to the Cuban people, their history, their culture.” The menu features authentic Cuban food like Spicy Oxtail Stew and Pargo Entero Al Horno, an entire roasted snapper. The restaurant is strongly inspired by Ernest Hemingway, including its Hemingway Daiquiri, a drink “without the sugar ... and double the rum.”

Speciation Artisan Ales (3721 Laramie Dr. NE, Comstock Park) was finally able to open up its taproom for good, after a long battle with some dumb permits. The brewery will be open Thursday through Sunday, offering up its unique tap list of complex sour and wild ales, such as the Magic Trait, a barrel-aged sour with blackberries, blackcurrants and blueberries.

Go Java (442 Bridge St., Grand Rapids) rose from the proverbial ashes of The Sparrows’ westside location, setting up a second location in the former cafe. The new shop offers sandwiches for breakfast and lunch, as well as all kinds of coffee and milkshakes. Go Java also regularly displays local art.

Meanwhile, Waverly Stone Gastropub (20 W. 8th St., Holland) took over 8th Street Grille’s spot in downtown Holland. The restaurant has a “chef-prepared, globally-inspired menu,” 28 taps for beer and a wine/cocktail list. The menu features sandwiches, salads, pasta and diverse offerings like the Shrimp Bacon Okonomiyaki, a kind of savory Japanese pancake.

Schaendorf Brewing Co. (412 Water St., Allegan) arrived last month with full dinner service and beer from various Michigan breweries. Eventually, Schaendorf plans to brew its own beer, but for now, the tap list is mainly coming from Tapistry Brewing, where co-owner Kyle Heslip is the head brewer. The food menu includes burgers, steaks and other entrees.


Artesian Distillers’ Hemingway Lounge (15 Ionia Ave. SW, Grand Rapids) closed suddenly, moving from downtown Grand Rapids to Whitehall. The lounge offered dozens of cocktails made with Artesian’s spirits, as well as a few shared plates. Artesian did not supply a reason for closing the location, but suggested in a Facebook post that the space be used by another distillery or cocktail lounge.


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