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Café opens in Heritage Hill neighborhood

December 11, 2014
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Cafe opens in Heritage Hill neighborhood
Lyon Street Café in northeast Grand Rapids can seat about 52 people. Photo via

There’s a new place to get coffee in downtown Grand Rapids.

Lyon Street Café opened last month in the Heritage Hill neighborhood, at 617 Lyon St. NE.

The café is the newest business venture by Kameel Chamelly, the owner of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket Baking Co.

His daughter, Alexandria, is the manager of the café and did most of the design work on it, which she described as “simple” and “inviting.”

Heritage Craftsmen in Grand Rapids did the renovation work on the space.

Lyon Street Café has about eight employees and is looking for a couple more.

The scene

The café can seat about 52 people.

“It’s been busier than I thought it would be,” Alexandria Chamelly said. “We have a lot of people come in and leave when they see it’s so packed that they can’t sit.”

Its menu was partly borrowed from Madcap Coffee, which trained some of Lyon Street’s staff and also offers baked goods from Nantucket Baking Co.

“We’re looking to reach everybody,” she said. “Some coffee shops are just catering to certain demographics. Being in the neighborhood we’re in, we get everyone coming. We have students, professionals going to work — pretty much everyone.

“It’s becoming more of a city where people can meet and go to coffee shops and have a cup of coffee."

The café is open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day of the week.

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