Divani wine glass and charcuterie board

Grand Rapids’ top 5 tasting rooms

If you are looking for something fun to do this fall, consider stopping in at one of the many tasting rooms around Grand Rapids. Here are our top five picks to get you started.
Osteria Rossa interior partial

A night in Italy

Located just north of Monument Park at the intersection of Fulton Street and Division Avenue in downtown Grand Rapids is Osteria Rossa, winner of Grand Rapids Magazine’s Best New Restaurant in 2015 and a Restaurant of the Year recipient in 2016.
the golden apple alcohol-free cocktail

Lowering the bar

There’s been a great movement in reducing alcohol consumption across modern dining culture, for physical health, social health and a general sense of balance.
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.
Denis Duratovic, left, and Dino Duratovic

It’s a family affair at Živio

At Živio Modern European Tavern and Grill, brothers Dino and Denis Duratovic like to feed people who want to eat — really eat.
Qvevri or traditional Georgian wine jugs

Georgia on my mind

Longtime annexation by Russia didn’t fare well for your knowledge of anything about Georgia, one of the original wine-growing countries.
Long Road Distillers cocktails

Long Road is a finalist in 4 national polls for ‘best’ spirits

A Grand Rapids spirits maker is a contender to be the country's "best" distillery in several categories.
MIX East Grand Rapids shakes

Suburban shake shop opens

A new health-oriented shake shop has opened in the area.
Founders Brewing Co. Civilized Brut can

Brewery releasing ‘bubbly’ IPA

A Grand Rapids brewery is releasing a new seasonal beer.
New Hotel Mertens Bakery baguette, croissant and coffee

Bakery adds delivery service

A local bakery is now offering delivery during breakfast and lunch hours.
Smallcakes Grand Rapids cupcakes

Cupcake shop settles into East Beltline space

A cupcake shop has settled into a major shopping corridor in town.
Big Lake Brewing Sparti Parti and Haze & Blue beer cans

Brewery releasing rival IPAs

A West Michigan brewery is kicking off college football season with two IPAs inspired by an in-state rivalry.
Wonderland Distilling spirits tasting room exterior Muskegon

Spirits maker plans tasting room

A distillery is planning to open a tasting room at the lakeshore.
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Ferris Coffee diversifies with beer, wine

For being a coffee roaster, Ferris Coffee & Nut Co. has made a deep dive into the craft beverage industry this year.
MOD Pizza

Pizzeria opening on 28th Street

A restaurant company is opening its third fast-casual pizza franchise in West Michigan.
Kelvin & Co. Grand Rapids

New barbecue restaurant closes

An “urban barbecue” restaurant has closed after being open for five months.
Vitality Bowls

‘Superfood café’ coming to Grand Rapids

A new "superfood café" has found a space in the city.
Buddy's cheese pizza

Next ‘Detroit-style’ pizzeria set for West Michigan

A second "Detroit-style" pizza restaurant is in the works for West Michigan.
Cosmic Candy Company store

Candy shop doubles its space

A West Michigan candy company has unveiled a newly renovated store.
Mission BBQ Grand Rapids exterior

‘Patriotic’ barbecue restaurant opening on East Beltline

A “patriotic”-themed barbecue chain that gives back to “America’s heroes” is opening a Grand Rapids location this month.

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