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GRPS opening seven meal sites (update)

All four Grand Rapids Public Schools' grab and go meal sites will continue until June 30. 

Cheez-It inks title sponsorship with Florida Citrus Sports

A snack brand is moving its title sponsorship from a sports organization in Phoenix to one in Orlando, Florida.

Wyoming expands outdoor restaurant seating

The city of Wyoming issued guidance that temporarily allows local restaurants to expand outdoor seating arrangements.

RedWater Restaurant Group reopening all eight locations

A local company with eating establishments at several area country clubs is reopening its full portfolio of restaurants next week.

Gilmore Collection reopens Rose’s Express

A Gaslight Village takeout joint reopened after a yearlong hiatus.

Jersey Mike’s Subs location opening in Wyoming (update)

A new location of a sub sandwich franchise will open this week.

BarFly Ventures files for bankruptcy; announces plans to reopen restaurants

The parent company of HopCat and other local restaurants filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy relief while simultaneously announcing its plan for reopening its restaurant locations.

Family owners close Grand Central Market and Deli

The family that owns Grand Central Market & Deli in downtown Grand Rapids is closing up shop permanently.

Charley’s Crab shuts doors permanently

A longtime fine dining seafood restaurant in downtown Grand Rapids closed its doors permanently in the wake of COVID-19.

Former chef launches New York-style bagel company

A former chef and current line cook at The Commons Grand Rapids is launching a bagel bakery.

USDA taps food service suppliers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded contracts under the Farmers to Families Food Box Program to four West Michigan food suppliers to purchase and distribute produce, dairy and meat products to different food banks, communities and organizations.

Holistic health group offers prepared meals

Root Functional Medicine is expanding to offer prepared meal services through the Grand Rapids Downtown Market.

Indoor farm donates produce to local organizations

Revolution Farms launched its “Buy One, Give One” program to help local families.

Mertens Hospitality opens second pop-up restaurant

The owner of a local French restaurant, café and bakery has opened a pop-up pasta restaurant on-site.

Founders resumes curbside pickup

Founders Brewing Co. announced it will resume contactless, curbside to-go service on a limited basis in Grand Rapids only.

Kellogg debuts birthday-inspired Pop-Tarts

A fresh new, birthday-inspired Pop-Tarts snack is about to hit the shelves at area retailers.

Republic Services spends $20M in local communities

In response to economic restrictions brought on by COVID-19, Republic Services launched a $20-million initiative to recognize its frontline employees in the field, their families and small business customers across the country, effectively killing two birds with one stone.

Meat processing plants adjust as safety measures are enforced

Meat processing plants in Michigan are facing some disruption as they look to stock the shelves of grocery stores throughout the state.

Kellogg’s rolls out snack-sized versions of cereals

A bunch of classic Kellogg’s cereal varieties are available as “jumbo-size” snacks.

Popeyes opening two new West Michigan locations

Two more locations of a restaurant chain known for serving “spicy New Orleans-style chicken” are coming to the area.

Marcona on Lyon closes permanently

The co-owner and chef of a Mediterranean-inspired restaurant that opened in Midtown in late 2018 said he and his business partner are permanently closing the restaurant.

Michigan restaurants push governor for May 29 reopening

LANSING — Michigan restaurants and bars are pushing Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to let them reopen for dine-in service May 29, three weeks from now.

Farmers launch Finnish-style REKO Market

Green Wagon Farm is rolling out a Facebook sales model for its farmers market, which is launching this week.

MudPenny opening new location with curbside service

A Grand Rapids café owner rescheduled the grand opening of his downtown Ada location.

Partners offering 100 free meals a day for laid-off workers (update)

A local bar is offering free meals to recently downsized workers with the support of a variety of community funders.