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West Michigan Biz Beat: A Roundup of Openings, Closings and other Local Business News, March 2019

Written by  Joe Boomgaard
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A Roundup of Openings, Closings and other Local Business News


Grand Rapids’ west side continues its evolution with the new Rise Authentic Baking Co. at 1220 W. Fulton St., near John Ball Zoo. The bakery, started by Nick and Becca Van Liere, opened in space shared with Squibb Coffee and specializes in serving up only gluten-free, vegan and soy-free baked goods for “the allergy conscious and everyday folk.” Folk yeah!

Out with the old, in with the new: Živio, a modern European tavern, has opened at 724 Wealthy St. SE in Grand Rapids at the former site of Georgina’s Fusion Cuisine. The new concept from the owner of Bosna Express focuses on European bevvies and Bosnian cuisine, including gyros and the enticingly named Food Coma plates. Specials include beef stroganoff, paprikash and stuffed bell peppers. Vegan options also are available. 

The food fanatics on the interwebs were abuzz with word that the owners of Gita Pita opened a new Asian/Mexican fusion concept in the former Bartertown location at 6 Jefferson Ave. SE in Grand Rapids. Dubbed Char, the new restaurant is already garnering high praise for its green bowls, broth bowls and Asian tacos, despite not having a website or social media page — at least as this report went to press. Take that Zuckerberg!

Liquid Note Brewing opened a new brewpub and music venue, dubbed The Arpeggio, on Feb. 1 in downtown Otsego. Located about 2.5 miles west of U.S. 131 on M-89 west of Plainwell, Liquid Note aims to bring “musically infused brews” to the wilds of Allegan County, as well as offer guest taps and a full bar. The brewpub started with four of its own beers and is owned by the same people who also own the adjacent Maude’s Taphouse. 

South Haven has gone from zero breweries to two in the last year. Most recently, Harbor Light Brewery opened in late January at 516 Phoenix St. and celebrates the city’s nautical heritage. The taproom currently is open Thursday through Sunday and serves up a traditional range of suds. 

The ever-pervasive bro culture has now spread to the world of hamburgers. Offering customizable burgers and sandwiches in a casual, fast-service setting, Burger Bros opened last month at 806 Riverview Dr. in Kalamazoo’s Eastside neighborhood. “But bro, I like fries with my burger,” you might say. Well, bro, they’ve got you covered. Bro Burgers even offers Bro Fries, which come with unlimited free toppings for the bro-tastic price of $5. FISTBUMP!


It is with great sadness that Revue reports on the passing of one of Grand Rapids’ legendary hangouts. Tillman’s Restaurant, 1245 Monroe Ave. NW, intends to serve its last drink on Feb. 28, marking the end of a truly wondrous era. With its authentic Sixties supperclub vibe, stiff drinks, and throwback culinary delights (escargot, massive steaks, frog legs, to name a few), Tillman’s took all comers. Generations of businessmen and blue collar workers alike slid haltingly across the same red vinyl booths and pondered life, love and liberty under the glow of the backlit stained glass ceiling over the bar area. Not gonna lie: This one stings. Rest easy, old pal. 

—Compiled by Joe Boomgaard

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