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Walking down Wealthy today in East Grand Rapids and spotted this building permit in the window of what used to be Olga's:

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I'd make a comment about the Beach Boys because of the building official's name, but I'm better than that.

ALSO, didn't get a picture of it but across the street from this there was a sign in a store window that said Kilwins coming soon.  It's in the store that used to be Mary Ann’s Chocolates but was more recently a pie store or something.  It's the building with the red and white striped awning.  I should have just took a picture:

WHERE KILWIN'S IS COMING SOON

 

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I saw that, and the Charleston sounds interesting. I had been curious to what was taking over for Sweetielicious.

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I know one of the managing partners of Charleston's and they're a South Carolina low country/seafood joint. Great people behind it with lots of restaurant experience and a clever concept. Looking to open in early-ish April. 

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11 hours ago, thebeerqueer said:

I know one of the managing partners of Charleston's and they're a South Carolina low country/seafood joint. Great people behind it with lots of restaurant experience and a clever concept. Looking to open in early-ish April. 

Sounds fantastic, its within walking distance so i can't wait. Will they have beer/wine?

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10 hours ago, jdkacz said:

Sounds fantastic, its within walking distance so i can't wait. Will they have beer/wine?

I'm going to go out on a limb and say yes! 

Sounds great!

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10 hours ago, jdkacz said:

Sounds fantastic, its within walking distance so i can't wait. Will they have beer/wine?

 

10 minutes ago, mpchicago said:

I'm going to go out on a limb and say yes! 

Sounds great!

For sure! I can't speak for the wine but the managing partner and I are brewing/beer nerd buddies (hence the screen name), so I expect the beer selection to be solid. 

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28 minutes ago, wingbert said:

I'm still curious as to what's going in at the former Forest Hills Inn location.  They've torn the exterior of that place to pieces.

Heard it was going to be a sports bar. 

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1 minute ago, Pattmost20 said:

Heard it was going to be a sports bar. 

Upscale Casual, I haver seen the concept renderings, pretty nice.  There will be a few TVs in the bar but not that many.

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56 minutes ago, ctpgr34 said:

Upscale Casual, I haver seen the concept renderings, pretty nice.  There will be a few TVs in the bar but not that many.

Well I think it was MLive that I read it in, wouldn't be surprised if they got it wrong.

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Why would someone put a chocolate store in a retail store front that has failed two previous chocolate stores in the same amount of years?  They have good ice cream too, but you know, Jersey Junction and all.  

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Kilwin's in Gaslight? If I recall, I did not think the first chocolate store failed, I thought they had retired/moved out of town.

Sweetielicious, I thought was not ever a great fit. I'd been by multiple times and was advised their breakfast items weren't in as the delivery from the market downtown had not occurred yet.

I think Kilwin's will actually do pretty well.

6 hours ago, twoshort said:

Why would someone put a chocolate store in a retail store front that has failed two previous chocolate stores in the same amount of years?  They have good ice cream too, but you know, Jersey Junction and all.  

 

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Anyone know where this is going?  It's a quote from a MiBiz article-" I’ll let you know of one: We’re going to be reopening Johnny Noto’s pizzeria on the West Side (of Grand Rapids), the store that started it all. The concept is to give that back to the West Side. It’s what got them here. Where is it going to take them the next 20 years? Now we’ll form Noto’s Restaurant Group. It’s a big deal for the family and for myself."

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2 hours ago, ctpgr34 said:

Anyone know where this is going?  It's a quote from a MiBiz article-" I’ll let you know of one: We’re going to be reopening Johnny Noto’s pizzeria on the West Side (of Grand Rapids), the store that started it all. The concept is to give that back to the West Side. It’s what got them here. Where is it going to take them the next 20 years? Now we’ll form Noto’s Restaurant Group. It’s a big deal for the family and for myself."

I haven't heard a thing about Noto's being interested in the Westside. But I'm all ears now. The Westisde could use a pizzeria that also has a bakery, it's something missing in the neighborhood. 

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On 4/25/2017 at 9:36 AM, ctpgr34 said:

Anyone know where this is going?  It's a quote from a MiBiz article-" I’ll let you know of one: We’re going to be reopening Johnny Noto’s pizzeria on the West Side (of Grand Rapids), the store that started it all. The concept is to give that back to the West Side. It’s what got them here. Where is it going to take them the next 20 years? Now we’ll form Noto’s Restaurant Group. It’s a big deal for the family and for myself."

Let's hope the food is better there than at Noto's. :P

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On 3/1/2017 at 6:30 PM, walker said:

Walking down Wealthy today in East Grand Rapids and spotted this building permit in the window of what used to be Olga's:

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So, it opened this week but with a different name as explained in this Mlive story:

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On 6/30/2017 at 6:27 PM, walker said:

So, it opened this week but with a different name as explained in this Mlive story:

charleston-inspired_restaurant

Its tasty stuff! The soups and salads were great, the hush puppies are on point and I had the tastiest roasted chicken at a restaurant in a long time. 

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7 hours ago, ctpgr34 said:

I went here once, it was good, but I can see how parking would be a pain.- http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2017/07/barbecue_joint_closes_in_downt.html#incart_river_home

Yeah, good food but terrible location. The only destination in that area is Founders, which is like a bug zapper drawing everything to it. If you're going out to eat and going to Founders, you'd just eat at Founders. If you're just going out to eat, it's way off the radar for most people. No real lunch crowd either. Love the building though. It has to be a destination in and of itself to survive. 

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New restaurant is opening at 1146 Wealthy.  Across from the, hopefully soon, sister restaurant to donkey and winchester.

I have not heard any details but know that Copperrock is currently doing buildout.

 

 

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48 minutes ago, EastownLeo said:

New restaurant is opening at 1146 Wealthy.  Across from the, hopefully soon, sister restaurant to donkey and winchester.

I have not heard any details but know that Copperrock is currently doing buildout.

 

 

I've seen that space listed for a long time. Always thought it would be a great building for a restaurant.

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