Offbeat deli opens in Eastown

What sounds like a totally fuel-efficient, upscale automobile is actually a new deli on Grand Haven's east side.
Marie Havenga
Sep 26, 2013

Electric Cadillac opened recently in the former Fat Chix Coffee Cantina at 314 S. Beechtree St. The little deli serves up gourmet sandwiches, soups, salads and a selection of vegan options.

The former business moved across the street to a bigger shop. Fat Chix Coffee Cantina and Gifts is operating out of what they were calling Aluminum Mule (Fat Chix West), 313 S. Beechtree.

Self-described foodies Nick Mika and Matt Varley moved here from Grand Rapids to open Electric Cadillac and provide some variety in the local food scene.

“We felt there could be some better food options, that's why we're here,” Mika said. “We're very much a farm-to-table operation. We work with local producers for our bread and produce. We focus on delivering a sandwich that doesn't really exist in Grand Haven.”

Varley, a former chef at a downtown Grand Rapids restaurant, also operates a taco truck that is parked behind the duo's restaurant. They drove it back to Grand Rapids this week to sell tacos at ArtPrize.

But when they're not serving from the 20-foot-long former Frito-Lay delivery truck painted wild and bright colors, they're serving up sandwiches in their 400-square-foot restaurant.

“We're definitely not strangers to doing things different,” Mika said. “We've developed a huge following.”

That includes catering to corporate parties and selling food at area festivals.

Mika and Varley formerly owned the Coffee House and Cafe on Seminole Road in Norton Shores. They closed that location several weeks ago.

“Our real estate strategy is — we find offbeat locations,” Mika said.

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Comments

Boater

Good for them! It sound like a place we'd like to check out. Welcome to Grand Haven.

SignalMaintainer

Yep, my GF (she's in culinary school) and I will ride the bikes down there soon to check it out. Looks like a cool place!

christopher

Sounds great ... logo is a bit interesting but sounds like it is worth trying out. I know Fat Chix has always been a worthwhile establishment. I wish these guys the best. I am sorry their Muskegon location did not work out.

seafox

Had a great sandwich there yesterday Good luck with your new endeavor

Boycotter

I wish you good luck too but you have to make alot of money to keep things running, all the optomisim was there when Fat Chix started also, hows the chicken shack doing on 7th street. Does the upcoming heathlcare law going affect help or hurt the Mom & Pops buisnesses. ?

Sandypants

How could the so laughably named ACA help Mom & Pop business? Everyone's insurance is going up, and quality of healthcare will be taking a huge nose dive FOR EVERYONE, except for Congress and DC royalty.
Best of luck to you fellas'. I love a good sandwich!

LessThanAmused

They're just around the corner and down the street from our place so the first day we noticed they were open, we stopped by for lunch. I'm a big sandwich guy and they did not disappoint. Both me and the wife had their Americanista sandwich...roast beef and cheddar plus the fixings on good bread. Their menu is on our fridge now.
It wasn't cheap, but it was good, if you want cheap you can always stop by Micky D's instead :-P
We'll probably stop there tomorrow for lunch after a morning of hitting estate sales. I hope they stick around for awhile. Welcome to the neighborhood guys....Good luck to ya.

Bradman49417

Yes, Welcome to the area. But everyone must remember that the only way they will stay in business is to do business with them.
More business leave Grand Haven due to the lack of business. You can't visit one or twice and expect them to stay in business. Shop Grand Haven.

tigersGirl111009

The guy on the left is very cute...Sure ill go buy a sandwich, maybe ill get his number too ;)

LessThanAmused

Hey! Ain't you Tiger's Girl?

ggravish

Ya know who has good sandwiches is Arby's in Spring Lake.

LessThanAmused

LOL...well ain't you just a regular connoisseur!

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