New restaurant opens in Grand Rapids area –

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ADA, MI — MudPenny, a restaurant and coffee bar, has opened its second location.

The new location, 496 Ada Dr. SE, opened on May 7, and is offering takeout and curbside service seven days a week, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., said owner Matthew Fuller.

The opening comes amid a difficult time: The coronavirus pandemic has closed dine-in service at all restaurants in Michigan, leaving Fuller and other owners to adapt to a new reality.

“It’s definitely been a difficult time,” he said. “I was joking with my team today. I said ‘I wish somebody would have written a rule book on how to open a restaurant in the middle of a pandemic.’”

Despite the challenge, Fuller said he’s encouraged by the response MudPenny has received since opening its doors. He said takeout orders are averaging between 60 and 90 each day.

“It’s honestly about double what I was anticipating,” he said. “I was thinking we would hit right around 35 or 40.”

MudPenny’s takeout menu features a variety of sandwiches, salads and breakfast items, such as oatmeal, yogurt parfait, buttermilk pancakes, avocado toast and egg sandwiches.

The “Mountie” sandwich features turkey, bacon, cheddar, maple bacon sweet potato mash, spinach and mayo on naan bread. It costs $12 and includes a side of kettle chips.

The restaurant’s other location, which opened in December 2018, is located in Grand Rapids’ Roosevelt Park neighborhood. The Roosevelt Park location is currently closed but is expected to reopen on May 21, Fuller said.

Takeout orders can be made online or by calling (616) 259-5353.

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