New West Michigan Businesses & Restaurants to Try
We’re pretty sure 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.
Running List of New Restaurants
New restaurants are continuously added to this list. Not every new shop in town is automatically listed, though.
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.
1202 W. Fulton St, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
OpenING: SUMMER, 2023
Offers authentic Mexican snacks and drinks, sandwiches, salads, desserts and other quick lunch items, including vegan options.
7423 River St SE, Ada, MI 49301
OpenING: SUMMER, 2023
A new restaurant from James Beard Award-winning chef Paul Berglund in downtown Ada. Featuring wood-fired artisan pizzas and freshly-made pastas.
9 and 11 Ionia Ave. SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
OpenING: SUMMER, 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.
121 Ionia Ave. SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
OpenED: JUN 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.
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.
3917 Leland Ave NE, Comstock Park, MI 49321
OpenED: APR 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.
1522 Wealthy St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506
OpenING: MAR, 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.
6275 28th St. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546
OpenING: FEB, 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
OpenING: FEB, 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.
2500 E Beltline Ave Se Suite F, Grand Rapids, MI 49546
OpenED: FEB 4, 2023
Boba and eatery shop serving Korean food, tea and boba drinks. Menu features tossed wings, sandwiches, Korean nachos, Korean tacos and Vietnamese Pho.
44 Ionia SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
OpenED: JAN 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.
800 Wealthy Street Southeast, Grand Rapids, MI 49506
OpenED: JAN 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!
435 Ionia Avenue Southwest, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
OpenED: JAN 13, 2023
Radical bagel shop with wild flavors. Featuring organic ingredients, whole grains and sourdough. Unique bagel and waffle sandwiches.
2289 E Beltline Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525
OpenED: JAN 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.
16 Monroe Center St Ne, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
OpenED: DEC 22, 2022
Nagoya has the perfect blend of traditional & fusion Japanese Cuisine. Features sushi and has four hibachi tables.
449 Bridge St. NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
OpenED: DEC 13, 2022
Nonla Burger is expanding from the Kalamazoo area to Grand Rapids offering burgers, barbecue chicken, hot chicken, a veggie burger, hand cut fries, salad, shakes and kids meals. The downtown location has a new-age retro diner feel with an arcade spot. Also offering a rotation of local beers and wine and some signature drinks including spiked root beer floats and boozy milkshakes.
2230 Wealthy St, Grand Rapids, MI 49506
OpenED: DEC 11, 2022
A new location for Boba’s and Asian food, with well known traditional Chinese favorites as well as new eclectic items. The menu combines the owner’s mother’s cooking methods as well as her own creations. The restaurant space is inviting and contemporary.
1006 Hall Street Southeast, Grand Rapids, MI 49507
OpenED: DEC 4, 2022
A new café focused on sustainability, charity, and inclusivity. Serving coffee, tea, hot cocoa, fresh juice, kombucha, and more! 10% of all revenue is donated to charity.
434 Leonard NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
OpenED: NOV 17, 2022
A completely alcohol-free liquor store selling zero proof cocktail mixers, spirits, beer and wines. The downtown market location also offers smoothies, teas and coffees.
5039 28th St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49512
OpenED: NOV 2022
A new Mexican restaurant with one of the most expansive menus of its kind. featuring old favorites and hard to find dishes.
601 Bond Ave. NW, STE 102, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
OpenED: NOV 9, 2022
Fast casual authentic Japanese ramen and boba shop with a mission to end child hunger, one bowl at a time. Fresh ramen noodles and bone broth made from scratch with high-end ingredients, boba teas, and cocktails.
2309 44th St. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49508
OpenED: NOV 2022
The Beastro will serve fresh canine cuisine for your furry friends! The meals are made right in front of you with brown rice, meat, fresh veggies and fresh fruit. Products are sourced from local vendors and proceeds are donated to non-profit Paws with a Cause.
806 Alger St. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49507
OpenED: OCT 26, 2022
A coffee and cocktail lounge that welcomes everyone, as long as they’re thirsty. Featuring Bold and Gritty brand coffee in its pour overs, French presses and espresso drinks with pastries, deserts and a small selection of food.
966 Fulton Street East, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
OpenED: OCT 19, 2022
Elevated fast food with a twist. Thoughtfully made with real food and high-quality ingredients. Smash burgers, chicken sandwiches, and to-die-for french fries!
1 Carlton Ave SE ste a, Grand Rapids, MI 49506
OpenED: OCT, 2022
Uptown Grand Rapids bar & restaurant offering a variety of authentic Mexican plates, with an open patio and dining space with a vibrant atmosphere. Popular dishes include queso fundido, grilled elote, wet burritos, and molcajetes.
109 Riverside, Lowell, MI 49331
OpenED: OCT 2022
Authentic Mexican restaurant serving burritos, tacos, tortas, quesadillas, quesabirrias, and tamales, with dine-in and deck seating along the beautiful Flat River.
5260 Northland Dr NE Suite C Grand Rapids, MI 49525
OpenED: SEPT 2022
Sahara Bistro Mediterranean Cuisine offers middle eastern food and gourmet hamburgers made to order with the freshest ingredients. All meats are grinded in house to ensure the highest food standards are met. The diverse and flavorful menu includes shawarmas and gyros.
642 Bridge Street NW Grand Rapids, MI 49504
OpenED: Aug 16, 2022
This Bavarian-style beer hall brews its own German-style beer and lets you rent your own beer stein and store it onsite.
2739 Breton Rd SE Grand Rapids, MI 49546
OpenED: Aug 8, 2022
In addition to a variety of seafood options, you can also create your own customized seafood boil by picking your seafood, seasoning, and spice level.
2222 28th St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49508
OpenED: JuNE, 2022
Grand Rapids first dedicated Gluten free and Nut free fast-casual eatery that is safe for adults and children with Celiac Disease, Gluten intolerance, or other allergy needs. Drive-thru restaurant serving delicious meals-to-go, featuring American fare like house-baked pizza, burgers, loaded fries, wraps, and sandwiches.
5070 28th St SE Suite C Grand Rapids, MI 49512
OpenED: JUNE 2022
Authentic Persian dishes cooked from an open kitchen where customers can watch chefs grill their orders. Beef, lamb, chicken and fish skewers, as well as rice, bread and appetizers.
37 Ottawa Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
OpenED: JUNE 16, 2022
Barrio is best known for their build-your-own taco menu. Also, Tequila + Whiskey. The vibe at this new taco restaurant is casual.
55 Monroe Center NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
OpenED: June 2, 2022
The first authentic Vietnamese restaurant in the heart of Grand Rapids! Their open kitchen showcases traditional Vietnamese cooking.
7471 River St. SE #120, Ada, MI 49301
OpenED: MAY 31, 2022
An extension of Luna’s downtown Grand Rapids location, Luna in Ada offers Mexican cuisine and beverages in a comfortable atmosphere with an outdoor patio. Luna works with local and independent farmers, purveyors, distributors, and producers to mix Latin American and West Michigan cultures.
3516 Roger B Chaffee Memorial Blvd, Grand Rapids, MI 49548
Opened: MAR 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.
574 Ada Drive SE, Ada, MI 49301
OpenED: SEPT 10, 2022
Locally owned neighborhood bookstore carrying a highly diverse collection of books. Featuring Michigan authors and community members’ recommendations.
1140 Monroe Ave NW, Suite 2103, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
OpenED: JUNE 2022
Grand Rapids’ newest dance studio and movement space, devoted to serving a diverse community of adults. Their mission is to be a valuable resource and partner in preserving and cultivating inclusive culture in pole dancing, aerial arts, yoga, and all forms of dance and movement.
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!