Restaurant week kicks off in Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan (WOOD) – Grand Rapids Restaurant Week has officially started and many local businesses have had a strong start to the opening weekend.

The annual event showcases the diversity of cuisine across the city.

Ando Sushi + Bar recorded stronger sales compared to the previous year.

Amanda Nelson, the general manager, says the boom comes at a time when restaurants need the revenue to recover from the economic impact of the pandemic.

“It is also very beneficial to have the art award right before it. We have really seen a really big spike in our sales and now, in restaurant week, hopefully it will do the same, ”said Nelson.

The restaurant sees more people coming through its doors and faces a very different situation when it comes to regulations related to the pandemic.

“That was earlier last year. It was September, ”said Nelson. “I think back with all the schools and the people who are more in town and able to go out and eat without things closing or restaurants being empty. We’re starting to see more staff here. ”The customer review has been automatically translated from German.

Aperitivo at the Grand Rapids Downtown Market participates in the event for the first time.

Alex Blake, Assistant General Manager, says the business expanded during the pandemic after an adjacent room became available in the market. The full size restaurant reopened in February with additional seating.

Each restaurant offers its customers a discount or an additional perk for attending the event.

“A lot of people don’t go out that way that often, so I think Restaurant Week has brought us a lot of new faces and hopefully more customers that we’re really looking forward to,” said Blake.

To find out how to attend the event, visit the Restaurant Week website:

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