Thursday, 25 April 2019 10:38

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

Written by  Josh Veal
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The Morning Dish has moved into the second floor of the Radisson Plaza Hotel and Suites (100 W. Michigan Ave., Kalamazoo), taking hotel breakfast to another level. The public is more than welcome to stop in and order some high-end brunch or take part in the large buffet with made-to-order omelettes. There are plenty of vegan and gluten-free options, plus cocktails made for morning drinking. You might just want to rent a room and crawl into bed after all that.

The world could use more rooftop patios and Friesian Gastro Pub is happy to oblige. The new restaurant just opened east of the Medical Mile at 720 Michigan St. NE, Grand Rapids. Friesian’s name comes from a Dutch horse breed, which should come as no surprise to West Michigan, but the menu features cuisine from around the world. Try a curry bowl, burger, lamb chops, whatever suits your mood.

West Michigan has made a new pal with the arrival of Buddy’s Pizza (4061 28th St., Kentwood), the true originator of Detroit-style pizza. Marked by rectangular slices and a thick, fluffy crust with a crispy bottom, it’s clearly the superior style (don’t send me hate mail). Considering Buddy’s already has more than a dozen locations on the east side, coming over here only made sense. The tap list has plenty of local beer to choose from and “Buddy Brew,” a special American Wheat Pale Ale made just for the new location’s opening. Cheers!

There’s nothing wrong with more HopCat, as Holland is about to find out after the local beer bar chain opened at 84 W. Eighth St. It’s part of the West Eighth development that will include an 11-screen cinema, retail shops and apartments, which BarFly CEO Mark Gray said was the impetus for finally joining Holland. If you’re somehow not familiar with HopCat, the restaurant is known for having a massive list of excellent craft beer alongside great food, including burgers, mac & cheese and the legendary Cosmik Fries.

If at first you don’t succeed, let someone else try. Kingma’s Market may not have lasted too long in Ada, but part of the problem there was scaling its model to a much larger space than the original Plainfield location. Now, Ada Fresh Market by Forest Hills Foods has moved into the space at 444 Ada Dr. SE, Ada. The new owners remodeled the store to allow for a full salad and soup bar as well as a Starbucks, which may fare better than the Rowster Coffee location that Kingma’s housed.

—Compiled by Josh Veal

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