Kingfisher Restaurant and Deli closes doors

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Husband-and-wife co-owners Joel Wabeke and Sarah Wepman closed Kingfisher Restaurant and Deli last week at 1001 Lake Drive SE in the East Hills neighborhood of Grand Rapids, after just over a year in business. Photo by Charlsie Dewey

A 1-year-old Mediterranean-influenced restaurant that was located in the former Marie Catrib’s closed its doors last week.

Husband-and-wife co-owners Joel Wabeke and Sarah Wepman — who also own That Early Bird Café and Littlebird — closed Kingfisher Restaurant and Deli last week at 1001 Lake Drive SE in the East Hills neighborhood of Grand Rapids, after just over a year in business.

In addition to co-owning Kingfisher, Wabeke was the restaurant’s executive chef.

Kingfisher offered starters, omelets, bowls and hash, soups and salads, toast and sandwiches, sweets and pastries, and sides.

Many of the offerings were available vegetarian, vegan or gluten-free.

Wepman said last year that Kingfisher’s goal was to make “seasonal vegetables the focus of the plate,” but the restaurant also offered “high-quality meats and seafood.”

Its cuisine was inspired by the entire Mediterranean region, from North Africa to Turkey to southern Europe.

Wepman did not immediately return calls for comment.

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