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State looks to improve migrant farm labor housing

Some West Michigan agricultural leaders were recently appointed to the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development’s (MDARD) Migrant Labor Housing Advisory Board.

Kombucha microbrewers offer Zen in a bottle

Two home brewers in Grand Rapids hope to help people find their Zen with the launch of Zenned Out Kombucha, a kombucha microbrewery coming soon to ecommerce.

West Michigan native brings home the salmon

Marie Rose is living many a nature lover‚Äôs dream ‚ÄĒ residing in remote Alaska, where she co-owns a fishing business with a focus on sustainability and quality.
AP

Michigan restaurants seek to tie limits to positivity rate

LANSING ‚ÄĒ Michigan restaurants on Wednesday proposed tying indoor capacity limits to the percentage of COVID-19 tests that come back positive, contending that clear guideposts would help the hospitality industry navigate the pandemic.

Basalt launches Kickstarter for brick-and-mortar location

Mobile Tex-Mex food business Basalt is launching a crowdfunding campaign to open a brick-and-mortar restaurant.

Downtown Holland announces changes to annual Girlfriends Weekend

Downtown Holland’s annual Girlfriends Weekend will return this year from March 5-7 but with changes in place to ensure public safety.

JPG Resources launches new division

A food and beverage commercialization group in the region launched a new division focused on helping early-stage food startups.

Partners offer health screening and contact tracing software for hospitality industry

Local restaurants have a new software option for employee health screening and guest contact tracing, thanks to a new statewide partnership.

Gaia House Café reopens in Creston neighborhood

A former East Hills staple reopened in its new home following a yearslong journey to put down new roots.

Herbruck’s launches new fertilizer line

Green Meadow Organics, a division of Herbruck’s Poultry Ranch, is offering a new line of organic fertilizers at retailers.

Downtown Market adds board members

The Grand Rapids Downtown Market added three new board members last month.
AP

Chef Jenna gives $1,000 tips to food workers

GRAND RAPIDS ‚ÄĒ A restaurant owner has been handing out $1,000 tips to stunned restaurant workers in the Grand Rapids area.

Partners to provide free meals to foster families for Valentine’s Day

Foster Kent Kids is collaborating with Closet of Hope to distribute 115 meals from The Candied Yam to local foster families for Valentine’s Day.

Downtown Market hosting brunch-themed events in February

The Grand Rapids Downtown Market is making February the month of brunch classics at a recurring event.

Local chef Jennifer Fillenworth wins ‚ÄėSupermarket Stakeout‚Äô competition

A local chef and registered dietitian took home the grand prize of $10,000 after competing on a Food Network TV show episode that aired last month.

JW Marriott opens Domes on the Dek

A luxury hotel in downtown Grand Rapids is now offering a personalized dining experience on its outdoor deck next to the Grand River.

Slows Bar BQ launches neighborhood meal service

Slows Bar BQ is introducing a neighborhood meal program that will bring the restaurant’s barbecue offerings right to customers’ doorsteps.

Condado Tacos announces opening date (update)

A build-your-own taco chain on Grand Rapids’ West Side is opening next week.

Mertens Prime debuts new menu

The new chef at Mertens Prime finished creating his debut menu, and the restaurant is now taking reservations for its first day of indoor dining next week.

Venue invites restaurateurs to sell gift cards at event this weekend

The owner of English Hills Event Centers is inviting local restaurants to sell gift certificates at an event this weekend to promote their businesses ahead of the Monday reopening of indoor dining at 25% capacity.

Partnership aims to improve health through food boxes, lifestyle coaching

The Food Bank Council of Michigan is teaming up with South Michigan Food Bank and Grace Health to address food insecurity and encourage healthy lifestyles with the launch of the Grace Health Fresh Food Pharmacy in Battle Creek.

Goat farmer develops plans for mobile milking parlor

Local farmers can now milk goats anywhere courtesy of a mobile milking parlor.
AP

Michigan: Restaurants can open at 25% capacity, with curfew

LANSING ‚ÄĒ Starting Feb. 1, Michigan restaurants and bars can reopen for indoor dining at 25% capacity ‚ÄĒ with a curfew ‚ÄĒ and concessions can resume at casinos, movie theaters and stadiums, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Friday.

Restaurateur opening Chicago-style pizzeria in Grand Rapids

The founder of HopCat and Max’s South Seas Hideaway is opening a deep-dish pizza restaurant this week in downtown Grand Rapids.
AP

Gov. Whitmer: Michigan restaurants likely can offer dining Feb. 1

LANSING ‚ÄĒ Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Wednesday she hopes to let restaurants reopen for indoor dining Feb. 1, as her health department extended a two-month ban by an additional two weeks while letting noncontact sports resume this weekend.

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