Stella’s opens cloud kitchen in Holland

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HopCat Holland will be serving items previously only available at Stella’s Lounge in downtown Grand Rapids, as well as Underground Cookie Club. Courtesy Project BarFly LLC

Grand Rapids-based Stella’s Lounge teamed up with HopCat Holland earlier this month to open Stella’s Cloud Kitchen.

The cloud kitchen concept, where food is offered through delivery only versus dine-in, allows one restaurant to operate out of another restaurant. In this case, HopCat Holland, 80 W. Eighth St., will be serving items previously only available at Stella’s Lounge in downtown Grand Rapids, as well as Underground Cookie Club.

“A cloud kitchen format allows us to be innovative and flexible to launch more than one brand using the same kitchen,” said Shawn Blonk, vice president of operations for Stella’s. “We hope to expand Stella’s Cloud Kitchen to other Michigan markets in early 2021.”

Cloud kitchens are popping up throughout the country. As COVID-19 and social distancing continue to make many restaurants unviable, many were forced to shutter during social lockdowns in March and April, which resulted in many people turning to food delivery.

Customers within Grubhub and DoorDash delivery areas will be able to choose from the following Stella’s menu items:

Snacks

  • Avocado Nuggets
  • Spicy Queso Dip
  • Chronic Fries
  • Poor Man’s Potato Wings

Burgers

  • Stella Blue
  • Government Cheese
  • Queso Jalapeño Burger
  • Mission Impossible Hawaii

Underground Cookie Club

  • Chubby Unicorn
  • Elliott
  • Papa Midnight
  • Vegan Powers

Stella’s and Hopcat are owned by Project BarFly LLC. In addition to its four restaurants in the Grand Rapids area, Project BarFly owns and operates five other HopCat locations throughout lower Michigan and two out-of-state locations in Lincoln, Nebraska, and Broad Ripple, Indiana.

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