Pat Evans

Pat Evans

Pat Evans is a staff researcher/reporter for Grand Rapids Business Journal who compiles the weekly lists and covers beer, arts and entertainment and sports business. Email Pat at pevans at grbj dot com. Follow him on Twitter @patevans

ARTICLES

ArtPrize is springboard to restaurants’ busy season

Arena District enjoys 20 to 40 percent boost during event’s run.

September 19, 2014
With nearly 400,000 more people spending time in downtown Grand Rapids than normal, ArtPrize is a boon to area hotels, restaurants and bars. Read More

Varied venues add to ArtPrize’s flair for the unusual

Forgotten basements, rooftops and the river are just some of this year’s sites.

September 19, 2014
A lot of focus is put on the art during ArtPrize — and rightly so — but venues might be just as important in the long run. Read More

ArtPrize is ready for you

The 19-day competition makes changes designed to enhance the discussion on contemporary art

September 19, 2014
Massive throngs of people will descend on Grand Rapids this week when the sixth annual ArtPrize begins its 19-day stay in downtown as artists compete for $560,000 in prizes. Read More

Grand Rapids vies for 'Best Beer Town' title

September 19, 2014
The online poll that originally named Grand Rapids BeerCity, U.S.A. might be dead, but another one has popped up at one of the nation’s largest newspapers. Read More

Group plans tiki restaurant and bar downtown

September 18, 2014
A bar group is planning to open a tiki-themed barbecue restaurant and bar downtown. Read More

John Mellencamp headlines downtown

September 18, 2014
Tickets to a hall-of-fame rocker’s Grand Rapids show go on sale Friday. Read More

Grand Rapids suburb ranks as 'most-educated town' in state

September 17, 2014
Business Insider has been publishing reports from the federal government’s American Community Survey and recently ranked a Grand Rapids suburb the “most-educated town” in Michigan. Read More

Retailer shoots 'sofies' downtown

September 17, 2014
Sofas and a celebrity photographer will be hitting the streets downtown tomorrow. Read More

St. Cecilia Music Center receives $1M gift

September 15, 2014
A philanthropist has left an “amazing gift” to the St. Cecilia Music Center. Read More

Beer City Round Table taps into industry

September 15, 2014
The local craft beer industry is coming together to field questions at the Beer City Round Table this week. Read More