Being from Chicago, a lot of my city-dwelling friends ask me, "So what's so exciting about Kalamazoo, anyway?"  I

then launch in to a 20-minute diatribe about the art scene, the theater, the craft beers, and, of course, the food.

Kalamazoo is about to get another delicious addition: Principle.

Located on the downtown Kalamazoo Mall, Principle — located in what previously was the Garden Gate Cafe — will treat diners to a "real vintage cocktail bar/late 1800's feel." People will enjoy farm-to-table, made-from-scratch cooking.

Principle is owned by the same people who own Salt of the Earth, a rustic American eatery and bakery located at 114 East Main Street in nearby Fennville.

According to an MLive article, the menu will include items such as, "raclette cheese served with onion jam, fried smelt in pumpernickel crumbs and fat pickle sauce, grilled broccoli topped with a spicy mayo and almonds, a house-made chorizo verde served with polenta, and flank steak served with homemade potato tots."

Shut up and take my money.

The official grand opening will be announced soon.

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