The East Hills Center by the construction firm Bazzani helps define the Grand Rapids neighborhood. Photo via fb.com
A 14-year-old restaurant and delicatessen known for its locally sourced and vegetarian offerings is closing.
Marie Catrib’s of Grand Rapids said in a Facebook post yesterday it will close on Oct. 20.
The restaurant in the city's East Hills neighborhood, at 1001 Lake Dr. SE, was founded by the late Marie Catrib in 2004 and is known for its delicatessen and dining room, which both offer vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free offerings inspired by the family’s Lebanese heritage.
Marie Catrib died of cancer in 2013, and her two sons, Fouad Catrib and Moussa Catrib, took over management. Moussa Catrib died unexpectedly last year while on vacation in the Dominican Republic, leaving Fouad Catrib as sole owner.
Fouad Catrib said in the Facebook post that after much consideration, he has decided “now is the time” to move on to a new endeavor.
“We have had a beautiful and successful business in this wonderful city, a place that my mother once said she had never felt so at home as she did here,” he said.
“We had no idea that we would be filled with so much love from all of you over the years. It has been my privilege to uphold my mother’s legacy over the years.”
He thanked the restaurant’s “dedicated” and “highly skilled” employees, as well as its patrons, farm vendors, other suppliers and the wider community.
“Since I was a child, my mother instilled in me that it’s not just food made with love that is important, but also the intention behind it,” he said. “The relationships that you build are what are most important.”
Fouad Catrib said another restaurant will fill the vacancy, but he did not disclose the name.
He added in the post that he hopes to make the next few weeks before closure a celebration of his mother’s legacy.
Patrons who would like to use their gift cards should come by before Oct. 20.