Exciting news to see downtown Grand Rapids, Ionia Street specifically, is getting a well known, northern Michigan BBQ joint.

Sparks BBQ billed as "Traverse City's Best BBQ", announced on their new Facebook Page Sparks BBQ of Grand Rapids, that they had found a home in GR,

It’s official! We have purchased Lucky Luciano’s of Grand Rapids. Our new home is in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids, next door to Hopcat and Grand Rapids Brewing Company and beside the Van Andel Arena at 15 Ionia Ave SW #140, Grand Rapids, MI 49503. Possession occurs November 1st, then construction and training. We will be open by New Years Day! Brace yourself Grand Rapids, we’re bringing the good stuff to you!

This is exciting, although we'll miss Luciano's pizza by the slice, late at night while you're waiting for your Uber to arrive, but just by the comments beneath their announcement, I'd say we're in for a treat come January, especially with the last one I highlight here:

  •  "This is definitely exciting news!! I keep bragging about Sparks BBQ...You definitely won’t be disappointed! Congratulations Dean!"
  • "One of my favorite places in Traverse City. Can’t wait to get it here in Grand Rapids."
  • "Well I know where I’ll be eating before the Griffins games."
  • "Melt in your mouth brisket.. best BBQ ever, started in a food truck up north now they have blown up. There is a downtown location in TC and now GR soon!"


I for one can't wait; and, good name, might I add.

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