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

Written by  Josh Veal
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NOW OPEN: DeHop’s Brewing Co. in Standale NOW OPEN: DeHop’s Brewing Co. in Standale


DeHop’s Brewing Co. (363 Cummings Ave. NW, Walker) opened doors in Standale, bringing more craft beer and food to the area, along with a couple pool tables. The tap list has more than 10 beers, along with a few ciders from Farmhaus and a handful of wines. The brews span a variety of styles, including the Roasted Leghorn, a brown ale with coffee; the Cluck Norris, a malty dark beer; and multiple IPAs. The food menu features burgers, salads and more. Order it all at the bar and servers will bring it to your table.

Westside Social Tavern (2802 Lake Michigan Dr. NW, Grand Rapids) is bringing a whole new food experience to Standale after opening doors last month. Westside’s goal is to celebrate the community of the “best side” with beer, craft cocktails, food and a warm atmosphere. The menu features unique appetizers like Pork Chorizo & Artichoke Dip, along with all the American classics: burgers, steak, chicken, fish tacos, short ribs, and so on, but taken to another level.

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit (380 E. Division St. NE, Rockford) is bringing the savory, slow-cooked meats to Rockford after opening last month. After 13 years of franchising Little Caesars, Joan and Karl Dahl decided to venture into new territory, becoming close to the Rockford community with meat, beans, cornbread and coleslaw. 

Forty Pearl (40 Pearl St., Grand Rapids) is now open, bringing northern Michigan wine and spirits to Grand Rapids with a tasting room and food lounge. The new spot downtown is owned by the Brengman Brothers, who own Crain Hill Vineyard, a winery in Leelanau Peninsula with dozens of wines in every style. Forty Pearl has 36 wines to choose from, and will soon offer food in the form of small plates, such as charcuterie, oysters, shellfish and sandwiches.

Fowling Warehouse (6797 Cascade Rd. SE, Grand Rapids) is bringing one very unique sport to Grand Rapids. Fowling is a combination of football and bowling, and it’s simple as can be. Just grab a football and throw it however you want, aiming to knock over all 10 of your opponents’ pins before they knock over yours. Of course, it wouldn’t be a sport without beer, and Fowling Warehouse has plenty of it from craft breweries all over.



After more than a decade of being open, Firehouse Guitars (1032 E. Sternberg Rd., Muskegon) is closing doors on March 31 at its Muskegon location. As a result, the store is offering close-out deals, meaning far cheaper instruments, pedals and whatever other musical needs you may have. The location will continue to offer instrument repairs and lessons until the last week of March. Firehouse’s Grandville location will remain open. 


If you have any closings, openings or other business news for REVUE, e-mail josh@revuewm.com.


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