Now Open: The Candied Yam


It’s the calm before the storm as Jessica Ann Tyson reflects on over a year of hard work leading up to the anticipated grand opening of The Candied Yam on Friday the 13th. Jessica Ann Tyson and Jermone Glenn are co-owners and visionaries behind what is sure to be one of the best soul food restaurants in the Grand Rapids area.


The menu is based around southern home-cooked meals with generous portion sizes. Jessica says that it should “feel like going to grandma’s house”. This soul food will certainly be made with love in the newly renovated kitchen by executive chef, Michael Stapert. Some of their menu highlights will include; Baked Mac-n-Cheese, Collard Greens, Homemade Meatloaf, Fried Chicken, Crispy Fried Catfish, Sweet Potato Pound Cake, and Soul Food Wraps. Catch a sneak peak video of the food here.


The menu will also include a daily chef’s special. Entrees will include a choice of two side dishes and be served in convenient to-go style containers. The dining area features large picnic style tables to accommodate guests that would like to eat on location. Taking your food to-go or eating in the restaurant are not the only ways to try The Candied Yam, food is also available for delivery and catering.

Jessica is proud to say a majority of their ingredients are from local suppliers. The Candied Yam also takes pride in using cage free eggs, organic items, and having menu items to accommodate vegan guests.

Jessica states the objective of the restaurant is to make “everyone feel like family”. Customers will be greeted with a smile at their large serving counter complete with fresh squeezed lemonade and a rotating variety of sweet teas.

The Candied Yam has strong ties to the local community and is proud to have support from diverse groups of individuals that have come together to support this great business.


The Candied Yam is located in the Brenton Meadows Plaza at 2305 44th St SE Grand Rapids, MI 49508. Hours of operation are 11:30am-7:00pm on Tuesday through Saturday and 11:30am-4:00pm on Sundays.

Special grand opening hours on Friday, January 13th will be from 11:00am-7:00pm.

To follow all the latest happenings at The Candied Yam, be sure to check our their Website and follow their Facebook page.

See you there!