New Restaurants & New Businesses in Greater Grand Rapids

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New West Michigan Businesses & Restaurants to Try

Whether you’re new here or grew up here, chances are you already know about all of the old standbys in West Michigan. The question is – are you ready to try something new, maybe for your next date night idea?

Hope so, because we’ve scouted the area to create this list of new restaurants and local businesses that look like something to get excited about.

From food to retail to family activities, Grand Rapids is growing into a town that has something for everyone.

Pinspiration Art Studio Grand Rapids
Pinspritation Art Stuido opened in Wyoming on March 15, 2024

Running List of New Restaurants

While we do our best to keep this list current, new shops and new restaurants are always opening.

List criteria: the new restaurants must be located in Greater Grand Rapids, either local or the first-to-market of a notable chain, and, we think it’s newsworthy.

asian cuisine

Hong BBQ & Hot Pot

4505 Canal Ave SW, Grandville, MI, United States, 49418
Opening Soon

Bringing the comforting, classic and innovative flavors of asian BBQ and hot pot to Grandville.

juice bar & cafe

Clean Juice Cascade

5563 28th St SE Suite A, Grand Rapids, MI 49512
OpeNED: MARCH 9, 2024

Serving up organic juice, smoothies, and cafe food such as salads, wraps, and sandwiches.



1202 W. Fulton St, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
OpeNED: FEBRUARY 28, 2024

Offers authentic Mexican snacks and drinks, sandwiches, salads, desserts and other quick lunch items, including vegan options.

aisan cuisine

KPOT Korean BBQ & Hot Pot

3333 28th St SE Ste 1, Grand Rapids, MI 49512
OpeNED: FEBRUARY 13, 2024

Offers traditional Korean dishes in a modern all-you-can-eat style. Try a variety of Asian hot pots and of course Korean barbecue.


Buka Bakehouse

884 Forest Hill Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546
OpeNED: JANUARY 31, 2024

This unique Balkan-American bakery bakes up fresh artisan breads, pizzas, and pastries daily for your breakfast or lunch.


Nest Egg Cafe

6101 Lake Michigan Dr, Allendale Charter Twp, MI 49401
OpeNED: JANUARY 22, 2024

Serving up made-from-scratch pancakes, waffles, eggs benedict, French toast, and more for a delicious start to your day.

pizza & bar

The Foolery

10 Ionia Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
OpeNED: DECEMBER 18, 2023

Serving up Detroit-style pizza, desserts, cocktails, and beer in an upscale yet nostalgic bar atmosphere.

american cuisine


9 and 11 Ionia Ave. SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
OpenED: OCTOBER 19, 2023

A high-end restaurant serving early American cuisine in a luxury setting. Will have seated dining, private spaces and a cozy lounge, while preserving and celebrating the unique history of its location, formerly J. Gardella’s Tavern. 

american cuisine

BJ’s Brewhouse

3445 28th St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49512
OpenED: OCTOBER 2, 2023

A great sit-down restaurant for a causal date or for a family night out (if with young kids, you may even get complimentary Goldfish and fruit cups to help tide them over to appetizers). Typical yet delicious brewhouse fare, specialty beers, and world-famous Pizookie for dessert.

BJ's Brewhouse and Restuarant Pizookie

ice cream


121 Ionia Ave. SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
OpenED: JUNE 30, 2023

Shop serving ice cream, frozen yogurt and other treats, as well as a host of free toppings that can be added to any frozen yogurt or ice cream purchase. Featuring ice cream from Ashby’s Sterling Ice Cream, based in Ludington and MOO-ville Creamery, a family business based in Nashville, Michigan. Also has five soft-serve machines serving a variety of frozen yogurt, frozen custard, soft-serve ice cream and dairy-free Dole Whip.



7423 River St SE, Ada, MI 49301
OpenED: JUNE 17, 2023

A new restaurant from James Beard Award-winning chef Paul Berglund in downtown Ada. Featuring wood-fired artisan pizzas and freshly-made pastas.

dessert bars

Qwake Bar Bakes

2927 28 St SE, Kentwood, MI 49512
OpenED: MAY 26, 2023

A family-owned and operated bakery that specializes in delicious and creative dessert bars. Menu consists of high-quality “from-scratch” baked goods available in shop or catering.

cotton candy

Fluff Buckets Cotton Candy

3917 Leland Ave NE, Comstock Park, MI 49321
OpenED: APRIL 25, 2023

West Michigan’s premier cotton candy business with every fluff’n flavor of cotton candy, ice cream and delicious drinks. Featuring Build-A-Bucket concoctions with over 50 unique cotton candy flavors, ice cream, toppings and sauces.


High Tea GR

1522 Wealthy St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506
OpenED: APRIL 13, 2023

A classic, British tea time tradition featuring a variety of tea, finger sandwiches, scones, tarts and more. Food will all be made in-house by a pastry chef.


Graze Craze

6275 28th St. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546
OpenED: MARCH 6, 2023

Graze-style charcuterie boards, made in house perfect for hosting a party, catering a work event, or a romantic lunch for two. Completely customizable made-to-order assortments with farm-fresh produce and house-made ingredients.



2090 Celebration Drive NE, Suite 124, Grand Rapids, MI 49525
OpenED: MARCH 9, 2023

Grab & go comfort food featuring crispy chicken tossed with your favorite sauce and served in a hand rolled waffle cone. Also serving chicken sandwiches, tenders, loaded fries and shakes.


Pochis Sweet Designs

44 Ionia SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
OpenED: JANuary 16, 2023

The founder of Pochis Sweet Designs, specializing in chocolate covered strawberries and other sweets, is expanding her business with a new Colombian cafe and restaurant. The menu features coffee drinks, like Colombian espresso and cappuccino, tea, coconut lemonade, shakes and specialty drinks. There’s also Colombian food like empanadas, arepas, patacones, salchipapas, and Colombian-style hot dogs.


Chartreuse Sisters

800 Wealthy Street Southeast, Grand Rapids, MI 49506
OpenED: JANuary 14, 2023

A sister-run patisserie offering unique flavors often inspired by their French-American heritage. Farm to patisserie seasonal monthly menu, featuring pastries, NA cocktails, and espresso. Their building is a beautifully restored old Pharmacy that had been abandoned since 1970!

champagne bar & market

Pursuit of Happiness

1426 Robinson Rd SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506
OpenED: JANUARY 2023

Casual champagne bar and market featuring small plates and their own brand of bubbly.



1033 Lake Dr SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506
OpenED: JANUARY 10, 2023

Fine Italian dining featuring old classics like the Baseball Meatball and new favorites in a cozy and lavish atmosphere.


Tia Juana

2289 E Beltline Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525
OpenED: JANuary 5, 2023

Tia Juana models its menu from Tijuana, Mexico, which has the most amazing authentic street tacos in the world. Taqueria with authentic tacos, fresh tortillas made from scratch daily, fresh ingredients, and homemade salsa.

New Businesses

art studio

Pinspiration Wyoming

2300 Health Dr SW Suite B, Wyoming, MI 49519
OpenED: MARCH 15, 2024

Remember that DIY craft you’ve been wanting to try? Pinspiration gives you the space to actually do it! From paint & sip nights to glow-in-the-dark splatter paint rooms, this studio’s got something fun for everyone.

play cafe

Itsy Bitsy Play Cafe

5426 Northland Dr. NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525
OpenED: SEPTEMBER 23, 2023

This cafe is a warm, engaging place for young kids to play while their parents enjoy a cup of coffee!

itsy bitsy play cafe playroom

play cafe

Stomping Grounds Play Cafe

9028 N Rodgers Ct SE suite E, Caledonia, MI 49316
OpenED: JULY 7, 2023

This local play cafe for Caledonia families offers a fun-filled playspace for kids and parents to play and learn together.

retail store

Vinyl Alchemy

1505 Wealthy St SE Suite 1507, Grand Rapids, MI 49506
OpenED: MAY 26, 2023

Feeling nostalgic? Pop in to rifle through some classic vinyl records, peruse the CD collection, and check out the autographed posters.

Vinyl Alchemy record bins - Hunt

fitness center

Great Lakes Circus Center

3516 Roger B Chaffee Memorial Blvd, Grand Rapids, MI 49548
Opened: MARch 12, 2023

Circus arts studio providing training opportunities and offering a variety of classes including aerial silks, lyra, partner acro, conditioning, flexibility and more!
They seek to provide safe, accessible circus training and professional growth opportunities for youth and adults in a noncompetitive, collaborative, social enriching, nurturing environment. 

Looking for More New Restaurants & Businesses

What new places are you excited about in Grand Rapids?
We are always looking for the best new restaurants for date nights, fun new spots for families, or just plain cool new businesses.

Leave your suggestions in the comments!

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  1. A Non Alcoholic bottle shop selling NA beers, wines, and spirits opened today, November 17 at 434 Leonard Ave NW Grand Rapids 49504. They are called Alt City NA bottles and beer

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