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New Restaurant Grove Locally Sources More than Just Food
New Restaurant Grove Locally Sources More than Just Food

By J. Bennett Rylah

Grove, the latest restaurant venture from Essence Restaurant Group, opened this Tuesday at 5 p.m. in East Hills. Located at 919 Cherry St. SE, Grove joins a number of local neighborhood eateries and bars, such as The Winchester and The Meanwhile Bar, all expressing a commitment to locally sourced foods and beers. This is not a new concept to Essence, who uses this methodology in the menus of both its other restaurants, downtown's Bistro Bella Vita and Grove's across-the-street neighbor, The Green Well.

But Grove is different than those restaurants. With Green Well, Essence Managing Partner James Berg says, it was all about being green, and the LEED certified establishment does well in this mission, option even to turn out the electric lights when sunlight will provide. "With Grove," Berg says, "[it's about] using a local food system approach. Being a restaurant that can survive outside of the food systems we've all come to hate."

A visit to the restaurant's website reveals a list of farms they source from. Creswick Farms, Dancing Goat Creamery and Fortune Fish Company are among them. Grove has made a commitment to featuring sustainably sourced seafood as well as produce and traditional meat options.

Berg points out that Michigan boasts agriculture as a number one industry. So, naturally, we should use it.

"We responsibly source and purposefully…

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