Terra Bagels expands with new location in downtown Grand Rapids

Editor’s note: This story has been updated with comments from Terra Bagels co-owner Ken Sung.

LARGE RAPIDS — Terra Bagels LLC expands with a second location, stretching from the city’s Eastown neighborhood to a downtown Grand Rapids showcase at the Michigan Trust Building which was previously occupied by Ferris Coffee & Nut Co.

Terra Bagels is co-owned by Terra GR Restaurant owner Ken Sung and executive chef of Terra GR Clark Frain. The bagel concept opened in September 2020 at 1413 Lake Dr. SE — on the same block as Terra GR — in the Eastown neighborhood of Grand Rapids in a small space focused on takeout.

The downtown location at 40 Pearl St. NW is scheduled to open next month at the corner of Pearl Street and Ottawa Avenue.

Sung said “a few changes” will be made to the space, but Terra Bagels will be set up the same way as the old Ferris cafe. Opening a downtown location will allow Terra Bagels to build out its production systems to prepare for office crowds in the hope that workers will return to more in-person work at some point next year. , Sung added.

“We’ll be more than prepared with coffee and sandwiches,” Sung said. “The biggest thing we’ve learned (opening the Eastown store) is that our sandwiches are more popular than we thought. Initially we thought we would make a lot of bagels and schmear, but then people noticed the difference in how we make our own pastrami and smoked salmon on our sandwiches.

Officials with CWD Real Estate Investment LLC say the Terra location will add another downtown dining option for nearby hotel guests, convention visitors and office workers. The Trust Building is owned by 40 Pearl Street LLCwhich is registered in the name of CWD’s managing partner, Sam Cummings.

“We continually seek to increase the offering of strong dining concepts, urban service uses and retailers to meet the needs of our downtown office, entertainment and residential community,” said Scott Wierda. , managing partner of CWD Real Estate Investment, in a statement.

Coffee Ferris closed its downtown cafe at 40 Pearl building, with its west side cafe at 227 Winter Ave. NW, end of May. The Grand Rapids-based specialty coffee and gourmet nut company cited the COVID-19 pandemic as the driver for the closure of the two cafes. The company still maintains retail space and a cafe at its headquarters at 839 Seward Ave. NW.

Sung said the ownership team is “just thrilled to be downtown, and we feel like there’s a lot of activity going on there. It’s fun to expand that which we do in another part of Grand Rapids, although it’s not too far from our site in Eastown.

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