A first-of-its-kind restaurant and cafe is opening up downtown Grand Rapids!

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Founder of Pochis Sweet Designs to Open New Restaurant Downtown Grand Rapids

Paola Carlson, a Latina entrepreneur specializing in chocolate covered strawberries and other sweets, is expanding her business with a new Colombian cafe and restaurant downtown Grand Rapids.

Pochi Sweet Designs, Facebook
Pochi Sweet Designs, Facebook
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Carlson began her business, Pochis Sweet Designs, in 2020, and now her desserts and coffee are sold in more than 250 Meijer stores and other retailers. Specialty baskets with flowers and other treats are also available to purchase online.

Pochis Sweet Designs, Facebook
Pochis Sweet Designs, Facebook
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According to MLive, Carlson won grants from Start Garden for Pochis Sweet Designs. The new cafe and restaurant, Pochis Colombian Cafe, was awarded approximately $50,000 in incentives from Grand Rapids Downtown Development Authority - and its begun its soft opening phase!

Pochis Colombian Cafe, A New Colombian Eatery in Grand Rapids

Pochis Colombian Cafe is located at 44 Ionia SW Suite 1, at the site of the former Menna's Joint.

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Jorge Gonzalez, Facebook
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You'll find a variety of coffee drinks, like Colombian espresso and cappuccino, and specialty drinks like the Coffee Temptation, which combines Colombian Coffee, caramel, cream of chantilly pochis, and chocolate chips. There's also tea, coconut lemonade, and shakes.

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Paola Carslen, Facebook
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The new restaurant Colombian food like empanadas, arepas (corn meal cakes filled with meat or eggs), patacones (fried plantain dish), salchipapas (French fried potatoes with toppings), and Colombian-style hot dogs. Check out the full menu here!

Jorge Gonzalez, Facebook
Jorge Gonzalez, Facebook
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Currently in its soft opening phase, Pochis Colombian Cafe will announce announce a grand opening soon! Follow Pochis Sweet Designs on Facebook for updates!

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