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Soul food restaurant closes doors

June 19, 2017
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Soul Food Café is in Grand Rapids’ Madison Square neighborhood. Courtesy LINC UP

A soul food restaurant in Grand Rapids has closed.

LINC UP Soul Food Café, at 1167 Madison Ave. SE, permanently shuttered its doors Monday after four years in business.

Earlier this month, restaurant manager Lewis Williams announced he’s opening a new soul food restaurant, Forty Acres Soul Kitchen, at 1059 Wealthy St. SE.

In a Facebook post on Monday, LINC UP Soul Food Café says Williams’ transition to full-time employment as co-owner of Forty Acres, combined with decreasing sales, precipitated the restaurant’s closure.

“The decision was necessary to allow a better focus on other workforce development initiatives, but that does not take away from impact of this decision,” the post says.

While the restaurant has closed, catering services will continue through the summer months under the Forty Acres brand, leading up to the restaurant’s opening this fall.

Some employees will remain on the catering staff, while others will receive assistance in finding employment elsewhere in the food industry.

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