Ferris Coffee takes over a cafe inside Bridge Street Market

A year after closing two of its Grand Rapids locations, Ferris Coffee & Nut will open a new cafe inside Bridge Street Market.

Ferris Coffee & Nut announced this week that it would take over the lease of the cafe inside Bridge Street Market at 405 Seward Ave. NW in Grand Rapids, in May after a brief renovation of the space and its signage.

The coffee space is currently rented by Tillie Ruth’s Coffee & Tea, which will close on Saturday April 30, according to owner Mary Rose in a Facebook post last week.

“When I opened Tillie Ruth’s Coffee & Tea in 2020, I did so to honor the life of my late mother, Tillie Ruth,” Rose said in the post. “She loved to entertain and chat over a good cup of coffee – we’ve worked hard over the past two years to bring her hostess spirit to the West Side at our Bridge Street Market cafe. Opening a cafe in the middle of global pandemic – some might say I was crazy, but I know my mum would have said, ‘Go ahead.’ However, all good things must come to an end, and it is with a heavy heart that I announces the end of this journey.

GR Magazine’s sister publication, the Grand Rapids Business Journal, previously reported that Ferris Coffee announced in May 2021 that it would permanently close its cafes at 227 Winter Ave. NW on the west side of Grand Rapids and at 40 Pearl St. NW in downtown Grand Rapids. It still retains its headquarters and cafe at 839 Seward Ave. NW in Grand Rapids, its Holland Cafe and its location inside Capital City Market in Lansing, which is Meijer’s other small-format grocery store.

Sarah Eyk, senior director of marketing at Ferris, said the company’s goal with the Bridge Street Market location will be “to create a space to connect and serve our specialty coffee to customers in the market.”

“Shoppers can find our products on the shelves and then take a few steps to the cafe to try them fresh and first-hand,” she said. “Being in the market gives us the opportunity to share the coffee stories more and hopefully give customers a better connection to the product they are buying.”

Mark Van Tongeren, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Ferris, said Ferris seeks to add value to every community it is part of; hence the partnership with Meijer and Bridge Street Market.

“It supports our longstanding relationship with the Meijer organization while allowing us to share our brand in an exciting food and beverage environment,” he said.

Eyk said the Bridge Street Market cafe will be a scaled down version of its other cafes and will serve light, medium and dark roast specialty coffees; espressos, including mochas, lattes, Americanos and cappuccinos; nitro cold brews; and a selection of teas.

“We are extremely excited about this opportunity to further strengthen our partnership with the Bridge Street Market,” said Sam Mirto, Cafe Manager of Ferris. “We are passionate about freshly roasted, direct-origin coffee and look forward to delivering a curated experience that will appeal to utilitarians and coffee lovers alike.”

The cafe will also offer Ferris’ best-selling breakfast sandwiches, bagels and a few smoothie options, Eyk said.

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