Jeff Jacobson spends his days as an attorney, but one who harbored a secret desire: to open a brewery. However, it wasn't a task to be accomplished on his own. He had been doing some trademarking work for his soon-to-be business partner, Mark Gongalski, to whom he expressed his interest to open a brewery. They joined forces but were missing a crucial piece, the brewer.
Since Examiner got rid of its Beer City USA poll, it looks like Grand Rapids will be the nation's champ forever. Or until another beer-related poll pops up. But until then, we will celebrate our win indefinitely.
There’s been an explosion of restaurants offering vegan options in the Grand Rapids area over the last couple of years. Choosing just five favorites seems somehow cruel. However, when push comes to shove, here are five that rise to the top.
The last three months have been my learning experience. ... But it's nice to have that creative flow to really cook food for people. I'm not a big talker. My food speaks for what I would say.
To Michigan’s economy, restaurants are kind of a big deal. The industry currently employs 10 percent of Michigan’s total workforce, registering $13.1 billion in annual sales. The National Restaurant Association projects a 5.8 percent increase in employment over the course of 2014, which means the creation of 23,000 jobs in the state.
Half of our menu can be made either gluten free or vegan. I love to cater to things like that. People who are close to me, myself included, have dietary restrictions. So I'm very in-tune to that.
There's a saying that pizza is like sex. Even when it's bad, it's pretty good. But when it's good, holy s***. While we never turn down pizza, regardless of how bad it is, there are just some pies that make life on earth a little bit like heaven. We've searched all over West Michigan to find the most heavenly slices out there, and there's no messing with these ones. From light-your-mouth-on-fire hot to artisan to a pizza with a twist, here are our pizza picks.
There’s been few instances since my move to West Michigan that restaurant outbreaks make headlines. While probably a good thing, it’s not particularly exciting - and probably poor journalism. Though GR has clearly stepped it up in the beer and art departments, we struggle to produce the major food-borne outbreaks that truly make up a city. So I took it upon myself to hear the stories that make you despise the mongrels who prepare your food.
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