Knoop in Grand Rapids bills itself as a "rooftop beer garden" focusing on Dutch and German food. Photo courtesy Knoop
Knoop in Grand Rapids bills itself as a "rooftop beer garden" focusing on Dutch and German food.

The pandemic has been hard on the restaurant industry, but some Michiganders have seized the opportunity and opened in the most trying time.

MICHIGAN—As we reawaken a new season, our taste buds are riled up. While we were busy in hibernation, these restaurant owners were working over time to prepare their new restaurants just in time for the summer. We found seven great new spots that not only survived the pandemic, but brought us some new indoor dining, delivery,  and takeout options to help you find your new favorite place in town. 

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Coriander Kitchen and Farm in Detroit

After opening in March it is safe to say that they are one of the most anticipated restaurants in Detroit! Located on the former Fisherman’s Marina in Jefferson Chalmers, you can arrive by bike, kayak or car and enjoy their Great Lakes fish dip!

GoodVybz Restaurant and Lounge in Farmington

With good vibes, delicious food and spices from Jamaica this husband and wife duo opened their restaurant in February. With warm weather just around the corner, enjoy their patio dining with reggae and dancehall music 

Knoop in Grand Rapids

If you’re looking for a new date night spot, look no further. Knoop is known for its upscale rooftop beer garden with a German and Dutch inspired cuisine. With great cocktails and an even better view of downtown Grand Rapids it’s a can’t miss for this summer!

Linear Restaurant in Grand Rapids

Although Linear has been around their new project called Ghost Kitchen is what made this place stand out during the pandemic. Ghost Kitchen was their way to adapt to the new “normal” making all of their food from this menu to-go only! You may not be dining with them but the flavor will travel with you wherever you go. 

Baobab Fare in Detroit

The people of Detroit have spoken and marked Baobab Fare the most highly anticipated restaurant of 2021. The owners Hamissi Mamba and Nadia Nijimbere are proud to bring something new to Detroit with their East African dishes! 

Bunny Bunny in Detroit

This regional Chinese restaurant is open and ready for you after a year of uncertainty. No matter your comfort level Bunny Bunny is there for you. You can enjoy their spicy beef noodles or chicken wontons outside on their rooftop patio or order it to go and enjoy it from the comfort of your home! 

Barda in Detroit

Chef Javier Bardauil, from Buenos Aires will be making his grand debut on June 10th with the opening of his new restaurant. Barda will offer Argentina fare, a small cozy bar, and lots of fresh ingredients! For more information and updates on their openings visit their Instagram.

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