Thursday, 03 September 2015 08:47

Recent Restaurant Openings, Closings & More

Written by  REVUE Staff
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Jamie and Jeremy Paquin of Mia and Grace Jamie and Jeremy Paquin of Mia and Grace COURTESY PHOTO

It’s a sad day, West Michigan diners. Muskegon’s quirky and comforting Mia & Grace has closed. The downtown Skeetown bistro, which featured sensational items like the Duck PB&J sandwich and beef tongue schnitzel, shut its doors in late August so owners Jamie and Jeremy Paquin can take a day off occasionally and focus on new endeavors, including their wood-fired pizza restaurant, whistle punk. (More on that here.) Oh, what we’d give for one more helping of the pimento cheese.

 

OPENINGS:
The tiny house craze swept the country this year. No doubt, the next thing will be tiny bars like the renowned Smallest Bar in Key West, Fla., which measures 72 square feet, or Slim’s Elbow Room, a famous four-seater in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Now, Grand Rapids has its own tiny bar: Sidebar, a 400-square-foot cocktail lounge located next to Big O’s on Ottawa.

The team behind Fennville’s Salt of the Earth is venturing to downtown Kalamazoo with the new Principle Food & Drink. Look for high-quality, high-value comfort foods and handmade craft cocktails.

Celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck’s new culinary concepts, The Kitchen and The Kitchen Counter, are scheduled to debut at the Amway Grand Plaza in the next month (or so).

Grand Haven’s Electric Hero opened a sandwich shop in the former Jude’s Barbershop location at 125 Ottawa Ave. in downtown GR.

The owner of the popular Tacos el Cunado in Grand Rapids Downtown Market is transforming the former Ritz Koney space on Ionia SW into a full-service restaurant called Luna Taqueria y Cocina.

EXPANSION:
The owners of Bartertown Diner and Cult Pizza opened a new outdoor patio and have plans for a juice-smoothie-coffee-kombucha bar called The Townhall. Also in their plans: a liquor license.

East Hills taqueria Donkey plans to install a 1950s-style food delivery truck outside the restaurant to serve as a spot for customers to order to-go food.

CLOSINGS:
Fresh Coast Kitchen closed its downtown GR sandwich shop on Ionia south of Fulton Street, though its 28th Street and Alpine locations remain open.

Compiled by REVUE staff. Know a new spot? Gone to dine somewhere to find the doors locked? Let us know: editor@revuewm.com.

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