San Chez is opening a second restaurant in downtown Grand Rapids. Roam by San Chez (250 Monroe Ave. NW) is yet another effort to bring something new to the city, this time taking inspiration from street food all around the globe, with items from Canada, Turkey, Sri Lanka and many, many more.
Pho On The Block (1301 Portage St., Kalamazoo) is bringing Vietnamese, Korean and other Asian cuisine to Kalamazoo — more specifically the Washington Square area. You can probably guess one of the menu items, but you’ll also find Banh Mi, bulgogi beef, Vietnamese chicken wings, and Kimchi Fries, something I never knew I needed until right now.
Russo’s International Market (a.k.a. G.B. Russo & Son) is taking over the recently shuttered downtown Bagger Dave’s Burger Tavern at 241 W. Fulton St., Grand Rapids. The grocery store has been around for more than 100 years at its original location and now hopes to serve all the new apartments and whatnot popping up all over the city. Expect delivery, curbside pickup and even a restaurant, on top of all your specialty grocery needs.
Rower’s Club (616 Fulton St. SW) just opened on Grand Rapids’ west side, across the street from Adobe. The new concept from Rowster Coffee is pretty similar to the original store, offering specialty coffee, Fast Coffee (which is what it sounds like), and some snacks. But the centerpiece of the cafe is a large table made out of a chunk of the Mackinac Bridge, which is pretty neat.
Green Well Rockford (8 E. Bridge St. NE, Rockford) opened doors last month. The restaurant, originally from Eastown, is serving up hearty sandwiches, BBQ Pork and Polenta, housemade fries, and much more food, along with specialty cocktails and craft beer. Enjoy a view right on the river, by Rockford Brewing Co.
At long last, City Built Brewing (820 Monroe Ave. NW, Grand Rapids) was finally approved to open over Memorial Day Weekend. The brewery has had plenty of time to perfect its craft already, and is hitting the ground running with beers like Amore Estivo, a lemon basil saison; TKBY, a kettle sour saison; and Flower Power, a green tea chamomile pale ale. The food is not your typical brewery fare, being inspired by cofounder Edwin Collazo’s Puerto Rican heritage. You’ll find tacos, tortas, bori balls (rice and beef croquettes with peppers and onions, deep fried and served with sofrito cream sauce) and much more.