This Northeast-side, somewhat sleepy business district best known for Kingma’s Market, the Cheshire Grill and Northfield Lanes Bowling Alley is about to get an injection of excitement. Three groups are looking at opening bars and restaurants in a cluster in the 2100 block of Plainfield Avenue. As Grand Rapids’ hottest neighborhoods East of downtown become almost too hot to touch, investors and developers keep stretching the boundaries in pursuit of the next hip walkable neighborhood to open shop.
Grand Rapidians Andrew Stob and Adam Wolpa have their eyes set on the old Coral Reef aquarium store at 2124 Plainfield Ave, to turn it into a café that will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. They’re also planning to renovate the upstairs into two market-rate apartments.
CDKI Holdings is looking to turn an ugly cinder-block building at 2130 into a restaurant that will feature live jazz and rhythm and blues on weekends. While it will accommodate 50 patrons inside, the outdoor seasonal patio will be able to seat an additional 30. The 2nd floor would also include 3 market-rate apartments.
The Lee family, who are well known for their ground-breaking restaurants Winchester and Donkey on Wealthy Street, are proposing to turn a now defunct karate studio into a “global-themed” restaurant with a tiki bar and large outdoor seating area, called Citizen.
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