Owner’s Scandinavian roots inspire new fine dining restaurant to replace closed cafe in North Muskegon

NORTH MUSKEGON, MI – Nine months after a North Muskegon cafe closed, the renowned restaurant opens with an artisan menu and a robust wine list.

Owner Tresha Kidder closed 4 Corners Café in November 2020 when bars and restaurants were ordered for the second time to close restaurants indoors to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

After months of reimagining, renovating and getting a liquor license, the restaurant will once again welcome diners as The Valkyrie on Friday August 6.

“The North Muskegon region has always been very united and supportive of us – and this throughout the pandemic – so I just wanted to give back to the community and offer something different to the region,” Kidder said.

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While the 4 Corners Café focuses on coffee and sandwiches, the Valkyrie offers a relaxed dining experience with quality service. Its new Nordic concept is inspired by the Scandinavian roots of North Muskegon Norsemen and Kidder.

“I think it’s going well with the town of North Muskegon,” Kidder said. “It’s a wealthy community but also very down-to-earth people.

Kidder partnered with Devin Hekkema, a certified sommelier and restaurant manager from Muskegon, to develop the restaurant.

“We know we are different, but we try to be,” Hekkema said. “We want to give people a taste of the big city without having to leave Muskegon. “

A farm-to-table menu using fresh, seasonal ingredients has been created by Chef Zachery Skiver. It offers items like walleye with pickled elderberry, wild rice and blueberry sauce or smoked beets with wild mushrooms, rice, lemon dressing and pickled red onion.

A fully stocked bar serves cocktails, beer, and over 100 wines with bottles sold at retail plus a $ 10 corkage fee.

“We want people to be able to have good wine at a fair price and have it in our garden here,” Hekkema said.

On weekends, performances will take place at The Valkyrie, a restaurant Hekkema envisions as a gathering place where the community can come “in costume or in t-shirt.”

The building, at the corner of Ruddiman Drive and Center Street, previously housed the Keefe Pharmacy. It now has a chic dining room, a brand new kitchen and a covered patio decorated with bistro lights.

A large-scale mural painted three years ago by Muskegon artist Jimmy Cobb lights up the patio and peeks through the dining room windows. Cobb also left his mark on the updated space: a new mural of orange and purple Valkyrie wings.

Kidder said that after nine months of “long days”, she was delighted to see people filling the restaurant again.

The Valkyrie, 1900 Ruddiman Drive, is open Tuesday through Thursday from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday through Saturday from 3 p.m. to midnight.

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