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[Eat & Drink ArtPrize 2010] Riverfront Cafe

Riverfront Cafe

Riverfront Cafe /Jennifer Gray

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Price: $

Hours: Monday through Friday - 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday - 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Sunday (during ArtPrize) - 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Full Eat & Drink ArtPrize 2010 coverage.

Riverfront Café manager Emily Myers states the cafe philosophy matter of factly : “We like to offer our customers good, fresh food at a great price.”  Which they do, and it works – Riverfront Cafe is home away from home for many of their faithful customers – folks who are welcome to come in and hang out all day. You’ll find a mix of people writing, working, and drinking great coffee just a hop, skip and a jump from the Grand River.  Emily loves the fact that their regulars use the space as their own living room, and in fact, most of their ArtPrize artists are Café regulars.

Excited to be a part of ArtPrize for the second year in a row, they are offering an encore performance of their Turkey Rueben for the special price of $4.99.  They’ll also be expanding their selection of soups and extending operating hours.  Whether you’re in the mood for locally made baked goods with your morning cup of joe, or a lunchtime treat of soup, sandwich or salad, Emily’s right – it’s good, fresh food at a great price. Ready for the increased traffic, Emily assures there will be no more than a two minute wait in a fast moving line and just as last year, no shortage of food.

In addition to hosting ArtPrize artists, Riverfront Café features an “Artist of the Month”, and hopes to become more involved in the burgeoning Grand Rapids artist community.  With its proximity to the Division Avenue of the Arts and its open, light-filled atmosphere, it’s a fantastic space to showcase art.

When looking for artists to host for Artprize, Emily says she didn’t have to look very far. Three of the artists are regular customers: John Tripp, Randy Brewer and Daniel La Ponsie. The fourth artist, Eila Grahn, was chosen “because I really liked her work!”  A fifth artist, photographer Dan Plasman, isn’t a part of the official ArtPrize contest, but his work highlighting 9/11 is on display as well.

The ArtPrize you'll see

John Tripp - The Team in Chainmail
Randy Brewer - Wind, Grass, and Sky
Daniel La Ponsie - The Savior Machine
Eila Grahn - Blue Vortex : Episode #23

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