Tuesday, 26 March 2019 10:23

April's News

Written by  Joe Boomgaard
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OPENED

At long last, Michigan Moonshine Distillery opened its doors last month at 4005 Chicago Drive SW in Grandville, with the goal to elevate moonshine by highlighting it in unique craft cocktails. Common whiskey it is not! Shine fans get to enjoy the signature beverage in a new tasting room dotted with plenty of warm wood touches. Michigan Moonshine is open from 3-9 p.m. on Wednesday through Friday, and 3-10 p.m. on Saturday. 

When you have the munchies and your cravings are for sustenance that’s both delicious and affordable, Sloth’s Revenge at 1539 Plainfield Ave. NE in Grand Rapids has you covered. This new to-go spot popped up in the former Main Street BBQ Express location last month with a killer menu featuring snacks, burgers, sandwiches, wings and a generous selection of tacos. On a recent visit, we tried the Mary Jane, Rastafarian and Jamaican Lion, and they didn’t disappoint. (The dank Za’Atar Fries also looked amazeballs.) Need another reason to visit? Two words: Walking tacos. You even get your choice of Doritos or Fritos bag. 

The interwebs have buzzed in a hazy meat coma of delight after Dr. Rolf’s BBQ opened at 447 W. Western Ave. in Muskegon. The menu features the smoked trinity of pork, beef and chicken, along with down-home Southern sides like collard greens, butter beans, fried apples and cornbread waffles. We’re also intrigued by the Dirty Tots, which feature pulled pork, poblano peppers, cilantro and white cheddar queso. 

Before you head out on the friendly skies via Kalamazoo Battle Creek International Airport, stop in for a munch at the new Traveler’s Cafe and Pub, which opened in the former location of Theo and Stacy’s. Now under new owners, Traveler’s offers traditional American fare, as well as a full bar. 

It’s time to turn off your phones, pull up a chair and play a board game with friends. That’s the concept behind Blue Bridge Games at 954 E. Fulton St. in Grand Rapids. For a $5 day pass, you have your choice of more than 100 games in the game store’s library. Feel free to play your favorites, or ask the staff for a recommendation and broaden your horizons. 

A new DIY studio franchise, Hammer & Stain West Michigan, is now open for your girls night out, bachelorette party, date night or corporate outing. Located at 3901 Chicago Drive SW, Suite 109, in Grandville, Hammer & Stain offers workshops and guided programs so you can personalize your own wood and paint projects. If store-bought “Live, Laugh, Love” signs fail to meet your expectations, here’s your chance to roll up your sleeves, grab a brush, and live your credo in real time.

CHANGES

Gonzo’s BiggDogg Brewing Co. at 140 S. Westnedge Ave. in Kalamazoo will soon have new owners in Saugatuck Brewing Co. Pending various regulatory approvals, Gonzo’s will be renamed Saugatuck Brewing Company — Kalamazoo, but will maintain several of the former product brands. The new owners also plan to expand the brewery’s hours and produce Saugatuck Brewing brands on site in Kalamazoo.

CLOSED

Hideout Brewing Co., an offbeat and off-the-beaten-path brewery in Grand Rapids, has closed after a run of about 14 years. Tucked away in a former Hubba Tubba (that chlorine smell!) at 3113 Plaza Dr. NE in Grand Rapids, The Hideout was always weird and yet always inviting, no matter who you were. They even let Revue Publisher Brian Edwards drink there; he will forever miss that lovely Hazelnut Stout.

— Compiled by Joe Boomgaard

 

RESTAURANT REPORT

RECENTLY ARRIVED

HopCat Knapp’s Corner
2183 E. Beltline Ave. NE, Grand Rapids

Schaendorf Brewing Co.
412 Water St., Allegan

Waverly Stone Gastropub
20 W. 8th St., Holland

Marcona on Lyon
623 Lyon St. NE, Grand Rapids

Char
6 Jefferson Ave. SE, Grand Rapids

Danzon Cubano
1 Carlton Ave., Grand Rapids

Zivio
724 Wealthy St. SE, Grand Rapids

Rise Authentic Baking Co.
1220 W. Fulton St., Grand Rapids

Guardian Brewing Co.
3657 63rd St., Saugatuck

The Pub at Paddock
1033 Lake Dr. SE, Grand Rapids

Mudpenny
570 Grandville Ave., Grand Rapids

Mannie’s Pizza
10 Jefferson Ave., Grand Rapids

The Commons
547 Cherry St., Grand Rapids

 Burger Bros
806 Riverview Dr., Kalamazoo

ROAM by San Chez
250 Monroe Ave. NW, Grand Rapids

 Juju Bird
435 Ionia Ave. SW, Grand Rapids

Rad Dads’ Tacos and Tequila Bar
470 W. Western Ave., Muskegon

 Linear
1001 Monroe Ave. NW, Grand Rapids

 

GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN

Citizen
2115 Plainfield Ave. NE, Grand Rapids

Tillman’s
1245 Monroe Ave. NW, Grand Rapids

Tom + Chee
3060 44th St. SW, Grandville

Georgina’s Fusion Cuisine
724 Wealthy St. SE, Grand Rapids

Gouleese
1635 Beidler St., Muskegon

Mazzo Cucina D’Italia
122 Monroe Center St. NW, Grand Rapids 

Marie Catrib’s
1001 Lake Dr. SE, Grand Rapids 

Balinski’s
4255 Alpine, Comstock Park

— Compiled by Josh Veal

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