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Creperie opens in Downtown Market

The newest tenant to join Market Hall at the Downtown Market offers full menu of Mediterranean fare, specializes in crepes both savory and sweet.
The Papangelopoulos family (from left to right) Penelope, Andreas, Nicole and Desi

The Papangelopoulos family (from left to right) Penelope, Andreas, Nicole and Desi /Courtesy of Downtown Market

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About the Grand Rapids Downtown Market

The Grand Rapids Downtown Market is the region’s new choice for fresh, delicious foods and amazing public market merchants. The Market, which will soon be LEED-certified, is a $30 million, self-sustaining, mixed-use facility that brings together production, distribution, marketing and education about local foods and growing. It incorporates entrepreneur and experimentation space for both emerging and experienced food artisans and merchants including a 24-vendor Market Hall, large outdoor farmer’s market and two full-service restaurants coming soon, one of which will be a micro-brewery. More at www.downtownmarketgr.com.

Andreas Papangelopoulos prepares two savory crepes

Andreas Papangelopoulos prepares two savory crepes /Eric Tank

Savory crepes ready to be folded

Savory crepes ready to be folded /Eric Tank

Grand Rapids Downtown Market, an all-new destination for local food innovation, education and experimentation, today announced Penelope’s Creperie, a new restaurant serving sweet and savory crepes as well as other Mediterranean fare, is the latest addition to its Market Hall.

Owned by Andreas and Nicole Papangelopoulos, Penelope’s Creperie will boast an entire menu of breakfast, lunch and dinner crepes to satisfy a diverse palate. It will also serve Mediterranean salads and yogurt parfaits and sell a variety of imported gourmet Greek items including olives, olive oil, tapenades, rusks, sesame and nut bars, cooking sauces and more.

“We love to travel the world and we always focus our experiences around food and finding the local flavors of a city,” says Nicole Papangelopoulos. “The Downtown Market represents the expanding food culture of Grand Rapids, and we want to be a part of this new space filled with food entrepreneurs right in the heart of downtown.”

Penelope’s expansive crepe menu includes 20 crepes, as well as a “create your own” option. The menu features sweet creations such as a Baklava crepe filled with honey walnuts and pistachios and an Elvis crepe filled with Nutella, banana and peanut butter. Savory options will include BBQ, pesto and Caesar, among others. The menu is a collaboration between Nicole and Andreas Papangelopoulos, who owned a creperie in Athens for more than five years.

“There are places to buy crepes on every corner on some Greek islands, but nothing like this in West Michigan,” adds Andreas Papangelopoulos. “Nicole and I want to bring together the distinct flavors of our home countries and create a new, flavor-rich experience for our city.”

Nicole Papangelopoulos is a Grand Rapids native who moved to Greece for work in 2005. There she met Andreas Papangelopoulos, and they were married 5 years later. When Nicole Papangelopouloswas pregnant with their first child, the family moved back to the United States and settled in Grand Rapids. Penelope’s Creperie is named after the couple’s two-year-old daughter.

“For almost nine months, the Downtown Market has brought together diverse artisans from all backgrounds and cultures, to create a one-of-a-kind experience in West Michigan,” says Mimi Fritz, president and CEO of the Market. “Penelope’s Creperie is an excellent addition to the Downtown Market with both freshly prepared food and grab-and-go options that can’t be found anywhere else in town.”

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