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My Town: Grand Rapids Township restaurant to become new taphouse

My Town: Grand Rapids Township restaurant to become new taphouse

GRAND RAPIDS TOWNSHIP, Mich. — The owners of a new tap house taking shape on the East Beltline has a name.

RedWater Restaurant Group will call its newest restaurant “Gravity”, based off the brewing term defining the alcohol level of a particular craft beer.  The restaurant is taking shape at the site of the former Malarky’s restaurant, which closed after its owners announced plans to retire.  Construction on Gravity began late last month.

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My Town: Local restaurants named winners of wine

My Town: Local restaurants named winners of wine

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—At least half a dozen restaurants in West Michigan have made the cut for the corks they pop.

They are among 3,748 restaurants worldwide to make Wine Spectator’s 2014 Restaurant Wine List Awards.  For the first time this year, top honors went to Clos Maggiore in London, La Toque in Napa, Nice Matin in New York, Saison in San Francisco, The Stonehouse in Santa Barbara and Studio in Laguna Beach.  They join 68 other winners of the Grand Award, which honors restaurants that generally offer guests 1,500 or more wine selections and for superior cellars, service, ambiance and cuisine.

The program’s entry-level Award of Excellence went to 2,791 restaurants; another 883 restaurants earned the Best of Award of Excellence for typically offering a list of 350 or more quality wine selections.  Locally, the following restaurants made the cut:

My Town: Consumers Energy Foundation awards nearly $31K to volunteer groups

My Town: Consumers Energy Foundation awards nearly $31K to volunteer groups

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Dozens of organizations are getting a financial boost from the Consumers Energy Foundation.

The organization recently awarded 64 grants totaling $30,900 to nonprofits across the state.  The Volunteer Investment Program grants are aimed at encouraging volunteering within Consumers Energy by rewarding those who work or have worked for the company.  This year’s recipients include:

Kalamazoo

  • $650 to Girl Scout Junior Troop 80462 (Jim Cottrell)
  • $450 to Mattawan Consolidated Schools Battle of the Books (Hillary Hogarth)
  • $550 to United States Bowling Congress Kalamazoo Area Youth Association/Airway Lanes (Susan Searles)

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GRBJ: Group uncorks restaurant on Cascade Road

GRBJ: Group uncorks restaurant on Cascade Road

CASCADE, Mich. (Grand Rapids Business Journal)-- A restaurant group is opening its newest restaurant today — with a 180-bottle wine list on the menu.

RedWater Restaurant Group’s Vintage restaurant in Grand Rapids will open its doors today, featuring steak, seafood and wine, at 5500 Cascade Rd. SE. The restaurant is located next to the group's Cork Wine & Grille.

Vintage was created to be a “top-shelf restaurant experience” and destination in the Ada and Cascade area, said Craig Smith, chief operating officer, RedWater Restaurant Group.

For more of this story, visit the Grand Rapids Business Journal's website here.

 

My Town: Grand Rapids Township restaurant to become new tap house

My Town: Grand Rapids Township restaurant to become new tap house

GRAND RAPIDS TOWNSHIP, Mich.—A transformation is underway at a Grand Rapids Township restaurant.

RedWater Restaurant Group is renovating Malarkey’s Restaurant along the East Beltline entrance to I-196 into a new tap house restaurant. Construction began late last month.

The new restaurant will feature an open kitchen, indoor and outdoor seating, as well as fire pits and live music.  Executives say the restaurant will feature American pub fare and full entrée dinners, as well one of the largest selections of craft beer on draught in the state, with 64 taps.

“We are Beer City USA and we want to help add to the allure of this great distinction by capturing the attention of visitors coming to visit Grand Rapids, as well as serving our beer-loving community in style,” said Craig Smith, Chief Operating Officer of Redwater Restaurant Group.

The new restaurant is expected to open to the public in October.

My Town GR South: New restaurant opening inside Downtown Market

My Town GR South: New restaurant opening inside Downtown Market

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—With the start of a new month comes the start of a new restaurant at Grand Rapids Downtown Market.

Sushi Maki will open in Market Hall this month.  The casual bar will offer sushi, maki rolls, sashimi and seaweed salad made on site, as well as mocha and Japanese soda.

Shun Chen, owner of Fuji Yama on East Beltline, is a co-owner of Sushi Maki.  Co-owners Johnny Lin and Wen Wang will also serve as lead sushi chefs.

The sushi bar will be located near Fish Lads to promote potential collaborations between the two vendors. 

My Town: Ada Farmers Market returns Tuesday, July 1

My Town: Ada Farmers Market returns Tuesday, July 1

ADA, Mich.—The Ada Farmers Market will welcome shoppers for a fourth week this season on Tuesday, July 1.

Approximately three dozen vendors will be showcasing their foods and wares.

The market is open every Tuesday from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. through October 28.  Visitors can find ample parking on site at The Community Church, located at 7239 Thornapple River Drive.  For more information, visit the Ada Farmers Market website here.