Creston Brewery (1504 Plainfield Ave. NE, Grand Rapids) has finalized plans to begin moving upstairs. Once construction is completed, the second-floor space will serve as a banquet hall, seating more than 210 people and sporting a second bar with 20 taps. The owners hope to use the space for concerts, beer dinners, stand-up comedy, weddings, corporate events and more.
Brass Ring Brewing (2404 Eastern Ave. SE, Grand Rapids) is now open, bringing craft beer to the Alger Heights neighborhood. The brewery offers a simple food menu, with sandwiches, soup, cheese boards and a variety of appetizers. The taplist kicked off with seven beers, including the Golden Ticket, a juicy golden ale with Glacier and Cascade hops, and the SMASH VOJ, a refreshing single malt and single hop ale.
After great success in East Lansing, Sapporo Ramen & Noodle Bar (5570 28th St. SE, Cascade) has come to West Michigan. The restaurant focuses on ramen of all kinds, from miso to udon, tonkotsu, mazeman and more. You’ll also find plenty of appetizers to work with, such as the Spicy Garlic Edamame, steamed or fried gyoza, and tempura chicken.
At long last, Georgina’s Fusion Cuisine (724 Wealthy St. SE, Grand Rapids) has arrived from Traverse City. The Asian and Latin restaurant has garnered a following up north for its unique and delicious menu, and the Grand Rapids location looks no different. Check out dishes like the Bandeja Paisa, a Colombian dish with shrimp, chorizo, steak, beans, rice, jalapeno crema, peppers, onions and eggs.
If the weight of the world has you feeling heavy, it might be time to try out phlōt (1555 Wealthy St. SE, Grand Rapids). The new Eastown experience provides three sensory deprivation tanks. There’s no light or sound, the water is the same temperature as your skin, and a half-ton of Epsom salt does away with gravity. Your senses are essentially taken offline as you just lie there and relax. The service claims that this reduces stress, decompresses joints and increases dopamine and serotonin.
Schuler Books (2820 Towne Centre Blvd., Lansing) is leaving Lansing after 15 years of business. According to co-owner Bill Fehsenfeld, business was good, but the taxes at the Eastwood Towne Center are quadruple what Schuler pays at its Okemos location. Additionally, the store would have been forced to decrease in size by nearly half, leaving no room for the cafe.