A Michigan favorite, Georgina’s Fusion Cuisine of Traverse City, is looking to open a new tacqueria at 724 Wealthy Street in the Wealthy Street Historic District. An application filed with the city of Grand Rapids Planning Commission shows plans for a roughly 3000 square feet restaurant in the building that currently houses “Phil’s Stuff” at the Southwest corner of Wealthy and Charles, but was recently sold. Georgina’s is seeking site plan approval and outdoor seating approval, as well as a parking variance.
If you’re not familiar with Georgina’s goodness, award-winning Chef Anthony Craig opened Georgina’s in Traverse City on Front Street back in 2013. In 2014, they moved to a larger space down the street across from the State Theatre due to the popularity of Craig’s Latin and Asian infused dishes, ironically taking over a restaurant space called “Phil’s on Front.” In early 2016, Georgina’s opened an additional location in Harbor Springs.
According to their website, Chef Anthony Craig was born in Bluefield, Nicaragua to a Cuban Father and half-Chinese Mother, which influences his Latin Asian fusion cooking style. As one of Traverse City’s hottest chefs, Anthony Craig’s Georgina’s in Traverse City was named one of Conde Nast’s 15 Best New Restaurants in the Midwest.
The Grand Rapids location would join the growing chorus of unique dining and retail establishments that have opened on Wealthy Street in the last five years. Across the street from the proposed Georgina’s, 616 Development recently received Historic Preservation Commission approval to renovate the old Kregel Building into residential apartments and retail at 733 Wealthy Street. Rumors are also circulating that popular retailer Wealthy at Charles on the Southwest corner is moving into larger digs in the same neighborhood.
It also joins the explosion of other Michigan owned restaurants and breweries opening locations in Grand Rapids, including Atwater Brewing Company and Slows BBQ out of Detroit, 7 Monks from Traverse City, New Holland Brewing Company out of Holland, and the recently announced Jolly Pumpkin from Dexter looking at the West Side.
No word yet as to when Georgina’s will open. The application is being reviewed at the Planning Commission’s January 26th meeting. You can check out their current website here and follow us on Facebook for updates.
Jeff Hill is a contributor to GRNow and a development and economics junkie who likes to keep his finger on the pulse of what’s next for Grand Rapids. He also dabbles in residential construction, real estate and development to help pay the bills. You can email him feedback or insider story ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org.