Birch Lodge owner John Jermstad.

Birch Lodge Reopens After Near Devastating Fire

The night of July 8, 2017, started a journey John Jermstad, owner of Birch Lodge, said he wouldn’t wish on his worst enemy.
City Built Brewing Company Soldadera Porter beer glass

City Built Brewing Partners with Coffee Company on Beer

Two Grand Rapids beverage makers have joined forces on a specialty brew.

Steeped in history

Café de Miro offers a taste of Kurdish culture.

Downtown Restaurant Launches Whiskey League

Promising to warm your belly during the cold days ahead, a downtown restaurant is launching a whiskey league.
red chili peppers

You Can Handle Spicy Saturday

The Grand Rapids Downtown Market is featuring a long menu of spicy specials all day long on Saturday.

Atwater Brewery Plans Oktoberfest Celebration

Atwater Brewing in Grand Rapids is getting ready to host its first Oktoberfest.
Long Road Distillers Raspberry Liqueur

Long Road Celebrates Valentine’s Day with Liqueur & Chocolates

Waited until the last minute to pick up a Valentine’s Day gift? No worries, you can grab a bottle of Long Road Distillers limited release liqueur made in honor of the holiday.
Gaia Cafe cookies

Gaia Cafe is Calling It a Comeback

A displaced vegetarian cafe is finding new roots.
Hudsonville Ice Cream Dairy-Free pints

Hudsonville Ice Cream Rolls Out Dairy-free Lineup

A West Michigan ice cream maker has created a line of vegan flavors.

8 Lattes to Fall for this Autumn

Looking for a way to celebrate International Coffee Day this Saturday? Your search is over! The coffee shops of Grand Rapids are rolling out seasonal beverages to help you celebrate your caffeine addiction and the changing seasons.
BOB's Beer Garden is dog friendly

New Beer Garden Offers Unique Experience Downtown

Picture this: It’s a Saturday night. The air is breezy and warm, and the sun is slowly setting. You’re in your favorite city, surrounded by friends and immersed in a sea of laughter, dancing music, and a type of communal happiness you can’t find just anywhere in Grand Rapids. You are hanging out in BOB’s Beer Garden, Grand Rapids’ newest outdoor space.

Taste of Muskegon to celebrate 14th year with new format

Taste of Muskegon will go on for its 14th year, but the festival is changing its format to comply with social distancing guidelines.
One Trick Pony patio seating

Downtown restaurant gains approval for dogs on patio

One of the city’s oldest establishments has secured county approval to legally allow dogs on its patio.
West Michigan Whitecaps Beercheese Poutine

Whitecaps Open Voting for New Concession Food

What would you like to be eating this summer as the Whitecaps take the field? Now is your chance to have a say in the newest item on the concession food menu.
Photos by Johnny Quirin

Treats for a Cause

Almond ’Bout That Bass, Join the Movemint, Tara-Misu — these are just a few of the colorful names Tara VanWagoner gives to her homemade ice cream flavors.
Four Brothers chicken and fries

Four Brothers opening second location

Eighteen years is a long time to wait between opening locations.
1201 Wealthy St. SE exterior rendering

Firm Plans Eastown Grocery Store

A local developer hopes to bring a grocery store to a Grand Rapids neighborhood.
Grain serves up sandwiches on the West Side.

Mom and Pop Sandwich Shop Opens in Grand Rapids

On the West Side of Grand Rapids sits “a mom-and-pop shop with a twist,” as co-owner, Sylene Wilkining described it.
grilled turkey Thanksgiving meal My Little Michigan Kitchen cookbook

A taste of Michigan

Add one part culinary know-how to one part passion for cooking, sprinkle with Michigan flavor and add a pinch of nostalgia. That’s the recipe for the perfect Michigan-themed cookbook, “My Little Michigan Kitchen” by Mandy McGovern.

Heritage Hill Restaurant Offers Nostalgia with ‘70s Theme

If you fondly remember eating dinners off of TV trays while settled into the family room couch watching the evening's sitcoms, you’re going to love the newest addition to the Heritage Hill neighborhood.




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