As restaurants and retailers are opening and welcoming customers, shopping and dining look different as businesses comply with regulations required by recent executive orders. The number of patrons is reduced by 50%, tables are spaced further apart, bars are only allowed outdoor dine-in service, and masks are required while in stores or walking to your table amongst other changes.
Grand Rapids is taking advantage of the Michigan weather and opening Social Zones throughout the city allowing businesses and retailers to serve customers outside as well! Here is what you can expect from some Grand Rapids favorites.
Many businesses are adjusting policies and hours frequently, so be sure to check their social media pages or call ahead before your visit! You can also stay updated on what’s happening around the city on the Experience Grand Rapids Travel Updates page.
Enjoy your takeout at one of the socially distanced tables outside the Downtown Market.
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The Downtown Market is open every day for grocery shopping and welcomes visitors wearing masks. There are also multiple hand sanitizing stations throughout the market. If you’d prefer not to come inside, they can help with that too! Nearly 20 carryout or delivery options are available including PHO616, Spice Merchants, and Tacos El Cunado. You can also enjoy your food at one of the socially distanced tables set up outside the Downtown Market.
Founders Brewing Company
Visit Founders Brewing Company Wednesday through Sunday from 11 AM – 9 PM. In adherence to state guidelines, they are limited to 50% capacity. To help you plan your visit better, they are managing seating through the Yelp Waitlist (Nowait) app on a first-come-first-served basis. When your table is ready you’ll receive a text. Visitors are required to wear masks as they are seated at their table, and table capacity is limited to 10. To help with social distancing, all tables have been rearranged and stools have been removed from the bar at this time. When you’re seated a handy QR code lists available items and you can enjoy your time! Take-out is also available and the Company Store is open as well.
SpeakEZ is accepting reservations for parties of 2-8, except for brunch, which remains first-come-first-serve
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Open seven days a week, SpeakEZ Lounge is open and excited to see its customers again! They are open for take-out and accepting reservations for parties of 2-8, except for brunch which remains first-come-first-serve. Online orders are still available for takeout along with Curbside, Door Dash, and Uber Eats. While no live events are planned for June, keep checking their Facebook page for updates.
A locally sourced farm to table meal in The Sovengard is a meal you won’t soon forget! Their brand new reopening menu features the type of food you’ve come to know and love from The Sovengard ranging from a pickle plate to homemade potato dumplings. Currently open Wednesday through Sunday from 5 – 10 PM, The Sovengard is accepting reservations through Yelp for their Biergarten and offering curbside to-go service.
Coffee & Treats
Local Mocha Coffee
Downtown favorite Local Mocha Coffee is open and ready for business! Guests can sit inside and enjoy their goods or call for take-out. Local Mocha strongly encourages everyone to wear a mask inside the store to protect themselves and others. “Protection is better and cheaper than being sick, treated, and cured,” owner Luther Ajim says.
Palatte is open for dine-in and also accepting online, to-go orders for coffee drinks, pastries, and more.
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PaLatte’ Coffee & Art
Have a delicious vanilla rose iced latte anywhere you’d like from PaLatte’ Coffe & Art. Dine-in and enjoy the local art hanging throughout in the half-capacity seating area or place your order online or in-person and walk around downtown. PaLatte’ also works with Uber Eats and Door Dash if you prefer your beverage delivered directly to you.
Rise Authentic Baking Co.
Whether you are craving a salty pretzel or a sweet cheesecake, Rise Authentic Baking Co. is open and ready to serve you. With a smaller store footprint, they continue to offer curbside service only for their delicious items ranging from sweet to savory. Order for same-day pickup through their square site or place a custom order on their website.
For those who aren’t into planning, check out the shop first then place your order online, over the phone, or in-person outside and enjoy your food on their back patio. Rise is located a couple of miles from the center of downtown, right next to the John Ball Zoo.
Browse the latest trends in clothes, accessories, and shoes at Gina's Boutique, which is open for in-person shopping.
Photo Credit: Brian Craig for Experience Grand Rapids
Stop into Gina’s Boutique to check out the latest clothes, accessories, and shoes. If you’ve forgotten your mask, Gina’s is happy to provide one for you at their sanitation station along with a pump of hand sanitizer.
Fido & Stitch
Bring your pup for a walk and stop into Fido & Stitch for a quick gift or make an appointment for grooming. Their amazing bakery offers ready-to-go doggie treats, or call ahead for a custom cake for your furry friend’s birthday. Check out their Facebook page for specific breed meet-ups held during a socially distant walk. Masks are required inside, but only for humans.
Purchase your tickets for the Public Museum online, in advance, and be sure to wear a mask while you visit!
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Museums and Attractions
Grand Rapids Public Museum
The Grand Rapids Public Museum (GRPM) is back and open to the public! Visitors must pre-purchase digital tickets through their website to be scanned by museum personnel upon entry. Museum staff will wear masks and visitors are asked to do so as well. With social distancing top of mind, the museum has installed signage throughout, plexiglass at point of sale stations, and asks that only one party ride in elevators at a time. Forgot your mask or need more sanitizer? Head into the gift shop to purchase locally made options.
Grand Rapids Art Museum
The Grand Rapids Art Museum (GRAM) is reopening on August 1 with some new changes to ensure the health and safety of visitors and staff. The GRAM is encouraging guests to reserve timed tickets on its website and will operate under reduced hours: Tuesdays and Saturdays from noon to 6 PM and Thursdays from noon to 9 PM. Additionally, the museum will be implementing various health policies, such as temperature screening staff, requiring face masks for those who are medically able and over the age of two, using one-way traffic areas to reduce contact between visitors, and more. You can find more information on the GRAM's website.
Having a hard time deciding which museum to visit? Consider purchasing a three-day Culture Pass GR, which offers entry to several Grand Rapids area attractions for one low price.
Grab a mask and a friend and head on out to enjoy the amazing businesses downtown Grand Rapids has to offer. They’ve been waiting for you!
Please check our travel updates for visitor tips and safety guidelines. Together, we can ensure that you can travel confidently.