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Sovengard

GR Restaurants are growing, but where are they going? Trends and the future of the local food scene

In a growing economy in a mid-sized city like Grand Rapids, what sustains the restaurant scene? A few popular restaurateurs discuss trends in the industry, and their hopes and trepidations for the future.

Rapid Chat

RapidChat: Patty McCormick on providing a home away from home at the RMHWM

As the medical and mental health facilities in Grand Rapids grow in reputation and in specialties offered, so does the need for lodging of patients and their families. "These families are facing unimaginable stress and it's our mission to provide them a “home-away-from-home” at no cost," stresses Patty McCormick, Development Director of Ronald McDonald House of Western Michigan.  

Rob Hanks

RapidChat: Rob Hanks on GR's cocktail culture and the almighty Negroni

While most evenings you can find his smiling face behind the bar at Reserve Wine and Food, the current serving President of GR's Bartender's Guild, Rob Hanks, aims to elevate Grand Rapids' drinking establishments...one Negroni at a time.  

Bartender

All hail the bartender! Veteran West Michigan drink-slingers tell their tales

The bartender is a fixture in dives and restaurants and often serves as a sounding board for life's concerns. To celebrate the profession, four veteran bartenders took a moment to open their lives and careers, expressing the heart of bartending in West Michigan. Here are their stories, so raise a glass.

Hospitality

Technology transforms the hospitality industry in Grand Rapids

It takes more than just a celebrity chef and a few honeymoon suites to make truly memorable hotel. Behind the scenes, there's a world of integrated data, targeted messaging, and technologies that allow guests to customize their experience and actually make it more like home.
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