GR{KNOW} | Temporary Restaurant Closings Due to Staff COVID Cases

With COVID-19 cases on the rise, transparency for patron and employee safety is more important than ever. Many restaurants have used similar language on social media to communicate the status of employees who have either — on the most proactive side, as shown by Matchbox Diner — reported a fever and are awaiting COVID test results or have confirmed cases. […]

GR{KNOW} | Restaurant Reopening Guide for Dine-in and Patio Service (Developing)

A Dinner Club GR & GRNow Collaboration Where can you eat out this weekend, and what should you expect once there? Here’s a developing list of options for dining in, new or newly reopened outdoor patios, and more. Be sure to grab your mask, as you’ll need it for entering/exiting the venue and whenever not at your table. *last updated […]

GR{KNOW} | Five Restaurants to Try This Weekend

Whether brand new concepts, new menus, or newly back as part of the takeout scene, here are some #GrandNew options to check out It can be even harder to keep up with all of the restaurant goings-on now than it ever was before. Who’s open? Who has curbside? Can I order online or get it delivered? These questions can quickly […]

How local restaurants are being resilient during COVID-19

COVID-19 has uprooted the restaurant industry, with many short- and long-term implications for business. Each decision restauranteurs must make carries much weight, and yet tough calls continue to be necessary — often without precedent and even prior to formal regulatory guidance — as the weeks pass by and new developments unfold.  As an industry disrupted, many fear the change that’s […]

#GRANDNEW | Sparks BBQ Opens In Grand Rapids

No Stove. No Oven. No Flat-Tops. No Deep Friers. If you’re craving authentic barbecue, you will be pleased to know that Sparks BBQ (a Traverse City favorite) has opened a second location in downtown Grand Rapids.  Read on to learn more about what to expect when you visit.  Location | 15 Ionia Avenue #140 {next door to Van Andel Arena} […]

Our 20 Favorite Projects in GR for 2020 (A Letter)

Ionia Avenue looking from the new Residence Inn under construction   Dear family, friends and loved ones near and far, Happy New Year! It’s once again that time of year to give you an update on the exciting new projects going on around town, and of course, our favorites! Our little city continues to grow and bloom and there are […]

GR{KNOW} | Texas de Brazil To Open First West Michigan Location In Grand Rapids

Southern-based restaurant company, Texas de Brazil, will open its first West Michigan location in Downtown Grand Rapids. The group is expected to open following the redevelopment and expansion of storefronts along Lyon Street in the recently announced project owned by CWD Real Estate Investment. Location | 111 Lyon St NW {Downtown Grand Rapids between Ottawa & Monroe Avenues} Estimated Grand […]

GR{KNOW} | Ambiance GR – A Unique Urban Metropolitan Lounge

Ambiance GR Kitchen and Lounge is soon to open in Downtown Grand Rapids. Team Ambiance believes that their concept will offer something new to set the establishment apart. Read on to find out more.  Location | 106 Pearl NW {Inside Ledyard Building on the corner of Ottawa and Pearl St.} Estimated Opening Date | Late November Speciality | American Eats […]

#GRANDNEW | One Twenty Three Tavern Now Open at Studio Park

One Twenty Three Tavern is quickly becoming one of the newest hotspots in Grand Rapids! This modern American dining recently opened at Studio Park on October 14th. Read on to learn more about the restaurant and what they have in store for later this year.  Location | 123 Ionia SE {Downtown Grand Rapids at Studio Park} Hours | Sun – Thurs […]