A downtown Kalamazoo favorite is adapting to change to continue to be a viable restaurant. Food Dance will change its menu and limit its hours.
Founded in 1994 with a commitment to help build a thriving and sustainable local food system, gastronomic dance quickly became a place for an amazing dining experience in downtown Kalamazoo. Like everything else, it was closed during the pandemic and has since been recovering.
In January 2021, in the face of continuing challenges, they considered closing Food Dance permanently. By April, they had come up with a plan that included downsizing the seating area, closing the event space, and streamlining the take-out orders that kept the restaurant going. Today, hard work continues to grow, change and adapt to circumstances.
Julie Stanley, Owner, Founder and Executive Chef of Food Dance shared an honest message on Facebook on the future of space.
If there’s one thing I’ve learned in over 35 years of business, it’s that the one and only thing you can count on is IS change.
When Food Dance makes changes, we always strive to balance our 4 bottom lines: Great Food, Great Service, Great Workplace, and Great Finances.
Hiring and working to avoid burnout of current staff led us to decide to temporarily change opening days, hours of operation and streamline our menus.
Going forward, Food Dance will be open Wednesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., starting March 2. Nothing but positive thoughts and best wishes were shared in the comments, and Stanley ended with the thank you post: “Forever grateful for the support of the community, especially grateful over the past 2 years… Please keep going. to support Food Dance and our staff.”
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