Plans have been submitted to the City of Grand Rapids’ Historic Preservation Commission for a new restaurant called Hancock at the corner of Wealthy Street and Fuller Avenue to replace the Wealthy Street Station, which closed in 2015. Paul Lee, owner of Winchester and Donkey Tacqueria proposed the restaurant at a Start Garden event that same year, which would feature “fried chicken with all the fixings — mac and cheese, house made biscuits, plus beer, wine and liquor” according to an article in Mlive at the time.
It would also be the first restaurant in Grand Rapids to have a “no-tipping” system, where an automatic surcharge can be added to diners’ bills in place of gratuity, and/or higher hourly wages for all restaurant employees can be factored into the menu prices.
The plans for the project have to be submitted to the HPC because the building lies in the Wealthy Street Historic District, which limits alterations to buildings during renovation projects. Early plans show an addition on the Southwest corner and large outdoor covered and uncovered garden areas.
A quick search of Facebook shows an unofficial page for a Hancock restaurant at the address, 1157 Wealthy, but no updates have been made since April of 2016.
We’ll keep you posted as we hear more!
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