Native Texan Steven Martinez-Thiel is looking to bring Tex-Mex culture to Grand Rapids through his specialty breakfast taco business after falling in love with the Mitten State over a decade ago.
Martinez-Thiel founded Basalt in February as a modern Tex-Mex concept that brings “an elevated yet approachable culinary experience” to West Michigan, combining diverse flavor profiles with a focus on craft food, locally sourced ingredients whenever possible and “the unbeatable hospitality that Michiganders are known for.”
The business is currently in development mode in the Grand Rapids Downtown Market incubator kitchen, at 435 Ionia Ave. SW in downtown Grand Rapids.
The incubator kitchen program provides “customized business counseling to budding and existing food entrepreneurs in a supportive and flexible environment that fosters production and creativity in a licensed commercial kitchen.” Since its beginnings in 2013, 1,000-plus startup food entrepreneurs have received individualized business counseling services through the program and 14 have graduated from the program. In 2020, 170 local entrepreneurs have been mentored, with 11 launching a new