At just 17, Taylor Kyle is balancing both life as a senior at East Kentwood High School and as a business owner of the recently opened Eastown Cereal Café.
The 1,000-square-foot space, at 1505 Wealthy St. SE, is the first cereal bar of its kind in Grand Rapids. The café offers breakfast lovers classics that include name-brand cereals, oatmeal, bagels, muffins, toast and grits, as well as a variety of milk, coffees and juices from which to choose.
Kyle originally got the idea for opening a cereal bar from traveling and seeing other businesses with similar concepts and thought it would be a great addition to Grand Rapids.
As one of the more diverse neighborhoods in the city, Eastown was a natural fit for Kyle when it came time to open the café.
“This location is a perfect location for my business considering the other small businesses surrounding it. The community is welcoming and lovely, and I think it’s a great place for me to grow,” Kyle said.
Kyle is lucky to have the support of her parents — experienced business owners themselves — to guide her through the process of opening the café. They currently own KD’s Sports Bar in Wyoming.
Despite the COVID-19 pandemic hindering some of her plans, Kyle is optimistic about her ability to get the café up and running.
“The pandemic has been a little hassle but I’m taking all the precautions to make sure I have a safe environment for the customers and my employees,” she said.
The café will offer both indoor and outdoor seating, as well as a walk-up window for customer orders.
“I am very excited to open up the space, and I really hope it will be enjoyed by people across the Grand Rapids area,” Kyle said.
This story can be found in the March 2021 issue of Grand Rapids Magazine. To get more stories like this delivered to your mailbox each month, subscribe here.