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Signs of growth: A new restaurant is about to open in Downtown Manitowoc

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Posted at 5:35 PM, Oct 12, 2023
  • Grizzly's Food and Spirits is coming to downtown Manitowoc in late October.
  • Dawn Hein of Manitowoc says new restaurants are a sign the town is growing. She says it will be nice to walk to the new restaurant.
  • Manitowoc Tourism Department says this is Manitowoc's first new restaurant in the last month.

Located in downtown Manitowoc, a site that has been vacant for two years will be home to a new restaurant. The announcement is bringing excitement to some in Manitowoc.

The restaurant, located on Washington Street in downtown Manitowoc, will be a Grizzly's Food & Spirits. The previous establishment was called Casa di Amici but closed in July of 2021.

The owners of the new restaurant and bar also own the Grizzly's in Two Rivers. I spoke with Manitowoc local, Dawn Hein, who said that a new restaurant is just another sign that Manitowoc is growing. She says it’s nice to see new places coming everywhere around the lakeshore, but it is even more special when downtown prospers

"Everything seems to be out in the country and people don't like that either," Hein said. "So when people see it's on the main drag they go, 'Oh, we can just walk there' ... it gets people to shop."

The Tourism Department tells me this is Manitowoc’s first new restaurant in the last month and the Manitowoc County Department of Health tells me it will open in late October.