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

Written by  Josh Veal
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Oprah’s favorite Grand Rapids restaurant, The Mitten Brewing Co., is opening a third location at 329 Water St., Saugatuck. The brewery is moving into what was once Borrowed Time, a beer and wine bar now moving to Douglas. The building is located nearby Coppercraft Distillery, Mermaid Bar & Grill and Coral Gables, all stables of downtown Saugatuck. Of course, the new location will offer Mitten’s signature pizzas and beers, including Country Strong IPA.

HopCat is opening another location in West Michigan, this time right in front of Celebration! Cinema North at 2183 East Beltline Ave., Grand Rapids. Slated to open this fall, in the year of HopCat’s 10th anniversary, this will make for the brewpub and restaurant’s 17th location. The space once held Fajita Republic, and Johnny Carino’s before that. Expect everything you’ve already come to know and love about HopCat, along with 250 seats indoor and 70 outside.



Jolly Pumpkin (428 Bridge St. SW, Grand Rapids)
has joined the Bridge Street renaissance, opening last month with 20 of its signature wild, farmhouse and sour beers, along with 12 North Peak taps for the more guarded palate. The Dexter-based brewery took over Black Heron’s previous space, opening up a backroom for additional seating and converting the modern space to a comfortable taproom with lots of wood. Patrons order both food and drink at a counter, then seat themselves and wait for their chicken sandwiches, lamb burgers and pizzas to arrive.

Garage Bar & Grill opened a second location down in Godwin Heights at 3766 Division Ave., Grand Rapids. The owners purchased Drake Pub less than a year ago and decided to convert it to match the popular original Garage bar, with an interior redesign, new kitchen and new menu. Garage has become known for its menu of exceptional bar food.

The Intersection (133 Grandville Ave. SW, Grand Rapids) opened two new venues: Elevation and The Mint. The former is in the building’s basement and can hold up to 800 people, twice that of The Stache, allowing for slightly larger and more diverse bands from around the country. For comparison: The Intersection’s main space has a capacity of 1,500. Meanwhile, The Mint is the venue’s new VIP area, designed for after-parties, meet-and-greet events and intimate performances for about 150 people.



Mangia Mangia closed its 9th Street location in Kalamazoo after being approached by a local restaurateur for sale. The family decided it was time to make a change and focus on its flagship downtown location, while making room for a new, undisclosed restaurant.


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