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Downtown coffee shop plans to serve alcohol

February 15, 2018
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Ferris Coffee & Nut shop downtown Grand Rapids Trust Building
The Ferris Coffee & Nut coffee shop in downtown Grand Rapids' Trust Building is one of the company's two retail locations. Courtesy Ferris Coffee & Nut

A coffee company has received local approval to serve alcohol at its location downtown.

Ferris Coffee & Nut submitted a request to serve liquor to the Downtown Development Authority, which was approved this week.

The request will allow the company to serve alcohol from its café, at 40 Pearl St. NW.

David VanTongeren, director of retail at Ferris, said the company is still going through the greater approval process and hopes to sell at the earliest possible date.

“Our intent for our downtown café … has always been to serve alcohol alongside coffee and to create a more metropolitan café environment that caters to the downtown professional crowd,” VanTongeren said.

Final details of beverage offerings are still being determined, but the company plans to offer a variety of local, regional, national and international craft beer and wine selections that “compliment the café experience.”

Ferris will also extend its closing hours from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., as well as offer a more “sustainable” food menu, including bar snacks and shareable plates.

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