The 49507 Project is a POC-LGBTQ and youth-led project, rooted in collaboration, that teaches art and event organizing, and commissions community art for and by people of color in the 49507 neighborhood.

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Can Community Outreach Be Organic?

Can we use art to further activate neighbors, shift power dynamics in historically underserved areas, and more importantly, change the narrative?

The 49507 Project: The Old Goat- Location 7

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The 49507 Project: The Old Goat- Location 7

Project 49507 is a POC-LGBTQ and youth-led project, rooted in collaboration, that teaches art and event organizing, and commissions community art for and by people of color in the 49507 neighborhood.

Can Community Outreach Be Organic?

Can we use art to further activate neighbors, shift power dynamics in historically underserved areas, and more importantly, change the narrative?

Can we plant seeds that will bloom into the south side becoming a Multicultural Arts District?

The Old Goat

 A cornerstone to Alger Heights, The Old Goat was born in 2015. This community was in need of a really good restaurant, so it seemed to be the perfect time and space to make our vision come to life. We’ve created a very family friendly atmosphere for our guests, surrounded by a very warm, clean, eclectic aesthetic. We frequently host live entertainment, hold private events in our upper dining space or out on our patio when the weather is fitting, and have a food and beverage menu unique to anything else you can find in the Grand Rapids area. 

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Business Description

Unlike many small businesses and restaurants, we’ve been blessed to make it out on the other side of this pandemic still standing, and with hope for a brighter future. We were given the time and space to make a new vision as to what we saw for the life of this restaurant, and what that might look like in our new normal. For us, growing to a place of health again meant redesigning our menu, welcoming new team members, and giving our space a clean and bright facelift. Change is necessary for growth, and we are doing that literally and figuratively. By introducing a new and improved look to the outside of our building, the hope is that it catches the attention of our community, and reminds them that we’re still here for them. “We made it. Here is our gift to you for helping us get here. Let’s share this new, beautiful space together.”

Owner: Cory DeMint

Bio – I grew up around food. The restaurant & hospitality business has lived in my bones since I can remember, and I really just enjoy making others happy. I’m a family man – my children are my pride and joy, and you can generally find us having some kind of wild and whacky adventure in the great outdoors. I have a passion for finding and refurbishing or rebuilding things that once may have been useless to someone, and turning them into something beautiful that works. You’ll see that a lot in any of my four restaurants. People light up when they walk in the door. That’s what it’s all about. 

Your connection to GR – I moved from home to Grand Rapids to attend college at Grand Valley State University, graduating in 2004. I met my life partner, started my family, and have focused on growing my business in this beautiful city ever since.

Where you are from – North Muskegon

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Business Social Media/Website info

Instagram : @oldgoatgr 

Facebook : The Old Goat 

Websitehttps://oldgoatgr.com/

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Contact/Booking: info@thediatribe.org

We are a 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations.

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Site Design by KCAD students & faculty as part of the EPIC Project.

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