GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Social Kitchen and Bar, the newest restaurant in the Downtown Market, has a gritty urban feel thanks to the decor scavenged from old houses and factories on its home turf in Southeast Michigan.
“We wanted this place to have a feeling of functionality,” said Jaime Tepker, director of training and a personal assistant to the owner, Zack Sklar.
First announced more than a year ago, the 140-seat casual dining restaurant will open on Monday, April 18, after a two-day invitation-only soft opening.
The new restaurant will fill the last large open space inside the Downtown Market, 435 Ionia Avenue SW. The 21/2-year-old market features about 25 food vendors and eateries, including a Slow’s Bar BQ restaurant that opened last fall.
Old doors and shutters, second hand classroom chairs, reclaimed tables and particle board cupboards are all part of the decor at the new restaurant. The kitchen, however, features the latest in stainless steel food preparation equipment.
Social Kitchen and Bar was delayed in its opening because Sklar, an alumnus of the Culinary Institute of America, also was opening Bernie’s Lunch & Supper, a restaurant in Chicago’s River North neighborhood and Au Cochon and Arthur Avenue, a French and Italian restaurant in Birmingham, Tepker said.
This story originally appeared here on MLive.