Biz Beat: September 2022

Openings, Closings and Other Local Business News.

OPENED: There aren’t many fast-food fixes in Grand Rapids for gluten-free eaters — or rather, there weren’t. Now, Papa Chops whips up a completely gluten-free menu out of their drive-through and counter service space at 2222 28th St., from burgers to pizzas and beyond.

Brand new to Grand Rapids in August, Küsterer Brauhaus is inspired by traditional European beer halls, focusing on long community tables and talks with strangers. Serving strictly traditional German-style beers out of their location at 642 Bridge St., the brewery pays tribute in name to the first German brewer to put down roots in Grand Rapids in 1844. 

After the success of vintage and antique store Elevated, the owner decided to open a location devoted to gently used vintage luxury clothing and accessories. 955 by Elevated GR houses local vendors and quality vintage items out of their renovated space at 955 Godfrey Ave. 

National franchise of choose-your-own-adventure tacos has set up at 37 Ottowa Ave., their third Michigan location. Practice your best standardized-test bubbling as you choose your protein, shell, add-ons, salsas and more at Barrio, while sipping on craft margaritas and cocktails.

Crafted Copper creates innovative new cocktails and puts unique spins on classic ones out of their indoor-outdoor space at 4520 Stadium Dr. in Kalamazoo. Their resident mixologist creates funky flavor combinations while the kitchen whips up delectable shareables and desserts. 

Serving coffee and pastries with a smile, Eden Cafe opened up shop at 1034 Bridge St., and is focused on fostering community and acceptance. Focusing on the concept of agape, they partner with a number of charitable organizations in the community. 

Tacon Madre is serving up fresh, made-to-order tacos through their drive through window at 3501 S. Division Ave, along with refreshing agua frescas, chips and dips. Indoor counter service allows patrons to enjoy the bright, contemporary atmosphere complete with nods to Mexican pop culture. 

Michigan’s first and only gluten-free brewery is dedicated to producing completely safe brews. Brewery Nyx opened their taproom at 506 Oakland Ave. in July, allowing patrons to enjoy all the tastes of their many craft beers in the safety of an uncontaminated environment.

A new casual taco restaurant in Holland is serving up craft margaritas, specialty cocktails, tacos and brunch out of their brand new space at 2155 Ottawa Beach Rd., using local food and homemade tortillas. Playa Tacos is the latest venture for the family-owned River and Odi Hospitality Group, who also run Matchbox Diner & Drinks, Mermaid Bar & Grill and others. 

Inspired by the owners’ many years living and serving in Las Vegas, Viva! Fajita is bringing a hint of Vegas to 5402 Portage Rd., with Southwest dishes and sportsbooks in the bar. Specialty margaritas, cocktails and an extensive menu are served riverfront Tuesday through Saturday. 

Those craving authentic Vietnamese food will find it at 5378 Division Ave. in Grand Rapids, where new eatery Pho Xin Chao is serving large portions of home-cooked-style traditional dishes. They service takeout, dine-in and private events all week long. 

A Grand Haven staple, The Toasted Pickle, has added a location at 17 Squires St. Square in Rockford, and are serving up their creative grilled cheeses along with weekly specials. Sandwiches, soups, starters and, of course, their Food Network-famous Green Goddess Grilled Cheese are available for indoor or outdoor enjoyment. 

A reprise of the first beloved location, a new Uncle Cheetah’s Soup Shop and Bakery has moved into 850 Forest Hill Ave., serving all the favorites from the Grand Rapids location, and adding their first full bakery. Completely house-made breads will stack the sandwiches, dip in the soups, and crunch up the salads!