Downtown Market gets ‘social’ with announcement of second restaurant

Posted at 10:00 PM, Feb 23, 2015
and last updated 2015-02-23 22:00:35-05

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Social Kitchen & Bar is the latest restaurant to join the Downtown Market in Grand Rapids.

The announcement was made Monday, marking another Detroit-area based restaurant choosing to set up shop in the market following the announcement from Slow's Bar BQ last October.

Zack Sklar, a leading, Detroit-area chef, owns the original Social Kitchen & Bar in Birmingham, Mich. as well as Mex, and Beau’s in Bloomfield, Mich.

Sklar and his team will open a Grand Rapids location of Social Kitchen & Bar inside the Market Hall, as well as a satellite location of his catering company, Cutting Edge Cuisine, which will also be based at the Downtown Market.

This is the second full-service restaurant to commit to the Market.

“We are extremely pumped to open a restaurant in Grand Rapids, create a base for our catering operation, utilize some of the produce of West Michigan’s farm community, and join this incredible neighborhood of artisans," Sklar said in a press release.

The restaurant will feature "refined" comfort food in what is described will be a casual environment. The menu is expected to change with the seasons using ingredients from other vendors in the Downtown Market’s Outdoor Farmers’ Market and indoor Market Hall.

Hear more from Chef Zach Sklar in the video above.