There is anxiety in Restaurant Industry Thinkpiece Land about a looming food bubble. This is the concern now trickling outward from the big cities, where some dining scenes have grown so large, so fast that there are neither enough customers nor enough qualified workers to sustain them.
Learn how to make our featured cocktail of the month: The Doom of Valyria from SpeakEZ Lounge
Madcap’s Trevor Corlett likes to say he got into coffee “for the wrong reasons.” That’s not the whole story, but what he really means is his love for cafés started with the culture, not the drink itself. Revue sat down with Corlett to talk about Madcap’s laser focus and why the company’s coffee is far more than the sum of its parts.
When Laura Bell was 2 months old, her dad founded what would go on to become the largest brewery in Michigan and the seventh largest craft beer maker in the country.
We define “new” loosely at Revue. Some of these beers have been around before, but they’re new to us, so that’s reason enough to check them out and let you know what we think. (Note: This was not a blind tasting.)
When you live in a city where beer is king, it feels like every month is “beer month.” But this February, Experience Grand Rapids launches an entire month dedicated to savoring the craft that makes our city great. The month-long celebration runs from Feb. 15 through March 15 and features a handful of events for the novice and beer connoisseur alike.
Whether they like it or not, craft breweries need to pair good food with their beers if they want to attract a diverse clientele. Ask a craft brewery owner these days and they’ll say that while they may lure people in with libations, they often earn repeat customers by pairing the liquid with interesting and well-executed food offerings.
Revue decided to visit three local neighborhood breweries who are doing just that, to sample their beers and food and see how well that pairing is working.
The air of mystery around Matchbox Diner & Drinks finally has been dispelled. Since Brandywine’s Eastown location closed, residents and passersby have wondered what the little spot at 1345 Lake Dr. SE would hold next.
With new restaurants opening all the time in Grand Rapids, the city continues to put new pins in its global cuisine map. From Bosnian to Ethiopian, restaurateurs make it easier every year to taste what the world has to offer without stepping foot on a plane. Here’s just a small handful of the many local establishments helping us expand our horizons.
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