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Poke bowl restaurant coming to Downtown Market

December 23, 2019
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Jeff Butzow
Jeff Butzow. Courtesy Pinktail Poke

The owner of a seafood emporium and a butcher shop inside the Grand Rapids Downtown Market is planning a restaurant concept.

Jeff Butzow, owner of Fish Lads and Carvers, respectively, at the Downtown Market, 435 Ionia Ave. SW in Grand Rapids, said he will open a restaurant called Pinktail Poke, serving poke bowls, also inside the indoor market.

A build out on the space, which will be on the east side of the market hall, started this month.

Butzow estimates the eatery will open in early 2020.

“Poke has always been an inspiration after living in the Pacific Northwest, and we already have the perfect connections through Fish Lads to facilitate sourcing the highest-quality seafood,” he said.

Pinktail Poke will serve “premium-quality” poke made from scratch with fresh seafood and “purposefully sourced” ingredients.

The shop’s options will be “customizable, approachable and accommodate most, if not all, dietary requests,” according to Butzow.

“Jeff’s success with Fish Lads and (the) more recent creation of Carvers have given him tons of experience with introducing new concepts, and we love his sense of adventure and creativity,” said Mimi Fritz, president and CEO, Downtown Market.

“We feel certain these two new concepts will be excellent additions to our current lineup of businesses.”

Downtown Market

The Grand Rapids Downtown Market is a $30 million LEED-certified mixed-use facility that brings together production, distribution, marketing and education about local foods and growing.

It incorporates space for emerging and experienced food artisans and merchants, including a 24-vendor market hall and two full-service restaurants.

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