Forest Hills-based restaurant to offer custom-made salads, fresh produce and catering options

Posted on January 17, 2019 by Downtown Market

The Grand Rapids Downtown Market today announced that Bliss & Vinegar, a chopped salad restaurant based in Forest Hills, will open a location inside the Market Hall this spring. Bliss & Vinegar’s new downtown concept will offer a similar menu to the Forest Hills location, with the addition of fresh produce and retail items.

Owned by Mark and Jennifer McNamara, Bliss & Vinegar was born out of the desire for a quick-service lunch option offering fresh, healthy and delicious fare. Chef Mark wanted to create a place where guests could quickly get a flavorful salad, delicious wrap or hearty quinoa bowl any day of the week.

“We’ve had success with the fresh and healthy quick service concept, which is the fastest growing restaurant style right now,” said McNamara. “Our made-to-order menu allows people to customize every part of their meal to allow for dietary restrictions and allergies, which are becoming more of a factor for people wanting a quick and easy lunch or dinner that fits their specific needs.”

Bliss & Vinegar offers more than 60 salad toppings, and house-made dressings, made from scratch with only natural ingredients and no preservatives. The restaurant uses naturally-sourced and organic produce as much as possible, and only naturally raised beef and chicken, free from hormones and antibiotics, with compostable packaging made from recycled materials. Bliss and Vinegar was voted as having the ‘Best Salads’ in a GR reader’s poll and named one of the top 10 best vegan and vegetarian-friendly restaurants in Michigan.

Bliss & Vinegar’s Downtown Market location will also offer retail items, with merchandise such as kitchen tools like salad cutters, t-shirts and the restaurant’s scratch-made dressings as well as other locally-made specialty food items.

“The Downtown Market is a perfect spot to test this concept in a community of other small, local businesses, and also gives us the space to experiment with offerings for a produce shop to provide guests a quick grocery shopping option at the same time,” said Jennifer. “We love the downtown vibe, and have always thought about expanding, so we jumped at this opportunity.”

“We’re committed to fresh and we’re committed to local at the Downtown Market, and that includes fresh produce,” said Mimi Fritz, Downtown Market president and CEO. “Bliss & Vinegar brings new, healthy options to the Market Hall, with menu items that guests have been requesting as well as retail items, produce and unique, healthy catering options.”

Work on the space starts in February, and Bliss & Vinegar plans to open this spring. Bliss & Vinegar is taking over two spaces, previously occupied by Blue Spoon and Michigan Pantry.