The former Wheelhouse Kitchen and Cocktails across from Van Andel Arena downtown Grand Rapids is finally reopening as Stan's Tacos... well, partially anyway.

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Meritage Hospitality Group, which owns the restaurant at 67 Ottawa SW, and the original Stan's Tacos (formerly known as Stan Diego Baja Taco Kitchen) in Walker, announced the change to Stan's Tacos way back in December 2020. Prior to that, Wheelhouse Kitchen and Cocktails shut down in March 2020, when all restaurants closed to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Since then, pandemic-related issues have caused a few false starts. In the meantime, crews have been working to remodel the downtown restaurant; Meritage Hospitality Group also opened another Stan's Tacos in Grand Haven.

According to Wood TV 8, Stan's Tacos downtown Grand Rapids will open Nov. 29, 2021 - BUT, for the the time being, all orders must be carryout or delivery.

Owners are still building up their workforce at the new location and the Stan's Tacos in Walker and Grand Haven. Anyone interested in applying can do so here.

As far as what's on the menu, Stan's Tacos serves... you guessed it: Tacos! They've got buffalo chicken, ground beef, brisket, corn and black bean, pulled pork, fish tacos, and more. But they also serve "not tacos": burritos, bowls, salads, elote fries, nachos, plus chips and guacamole. You can check out their menu here.

The new Stan's Tacos will be open for takeout and delivery Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

We'll keep you posted on when they open for dine-in!

Wood TV 8 reports that once Stan's downtown is open, Meritage plans to open more throughout Michigan. Previously they'd announced plans to convert part of Morning Belle brunch restaurant on the East Beltline into a Stan's Tacos location.

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