Bliss & Vinegar coming to Downtown Market

Bliss & Vinegar salad ingredients worker

A suburban chopped salad restaurant has chosen the Downtown Market for its second location.

The husband-and-wife team of Mark McNamara and Jennifer McNamara will open a Bliss & Vinegar this spring at the market, at 435 Ionia Ave. SW.

The quick-service restaurant will offer custom-made salads, wraps, bowls and fresh produce, as well as retail and catering options out of the Downtown Market.

Work on the space starts in February.

Bliss & Vinegar’s first location is in Grand Rapids Township.

“We’ve had success with the fresh and healthy quick-service concept, which is the fastest-growing restaurant style right now,” said Mark McNamara, who serves as the chef.

“Our made-to-order menu allows people to customize every part of their meal to allow for dietary restrictions and allergies, which are becoming more of a factor for people wanting a quick and easy lunch or dinner that fits their specific needs.”

Bliss & Vinegar cup of salad

Jennifer McNamara added: “The Downtown Market is a perfect spot to test this concept in a community of other small, local businesses and also gives us the space to experiment with offerings for a produce shop — to provide guests a quick grocery shopping option at the same time.”

Bliss & Vinegar offers more than 60 salad toppings and dressings made from scratch with “natural ingredients and no preservatives.”

The restaurant uses “naturally sourced and organic produce” as much as possible and “only naturally raised beef and chicken, free from hormones and antibiotics,” with compostable packaging made from recycled materials.

Bliss & Vinegar’s Downtown Market location will also offer retail items such as kitchen tools, T-shirts and the restaurant’s from-scratch dressings, as well as other locally made specialty food items.

Bliss & Vinegar is taking over two spaces previously occupied by Blue Spoon and Michigan Pantry.

The couple also owns Marco New American Bistro in Grand Rapids Township, next door to the original Bliss & Vinegar.

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