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My Town: Tim Hortons serves up sweet treat for Special Olympics Michigan

My Town: Tim Hortons serves up sweet treat for Special Olympics Michigan

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Grand Rapids area Tim Hortons are serving up some sweet smiles for a good cause.

Now through Aug. 17, participating Tim Hortons Café and Bake Shops will be selling Smile Cookies to benefit Special Olympics Michigan’s Young Athletes program.  The cookie is chocolate chunk with a smiley face draw on it in pink and blue frosting.  Each treat is $1 and available while supplies last.

The Young Athletes Program introduces children ages 2-7 with intellectual disabilities to sports, fostering their physical, cognitive and social development.

This is the second year for the Smile Cookie program in Grand Rapids; last year, participating businesses collected more than $5,000 for Special Olympics Michigan in just 10 days.

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.

MORE: Grand Rapids Township restaurant to become new tap house

My Town: Restaurant Week GR to include specials from 66 restaurants

My Town: Restaurant Week GR to include specials from 66 restaurants

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - Restaurant Week is about a month away, but you can start making your plans by salivating over the menus.

The 5th annual event runs from Aug. 13 to Aug. 24 at 66 Grand Rapids restaurants. This year, the theme is "Perfect Pairings" to showcase beverages that pair well with foods.

Restaurants are now taking reservations for Restaurant Week Grand Rapids. This year, 44 restaurants will offer 3-course locally inspired menus for $28 per person, including:

 

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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:

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: IHOP celebrates birthday with $0.56 dining deal

My Town: IHOP celebrates birthday with $0.56 dining deal

KENTWOOD, Mich.—The International House of Pancakes is celebrating its birthday by serving up a deal to diners.

On July 8, participating restaurants will celebrate IHOP’s 56th anniversary by offering up a short stack of buttermilk pancakes for $0.56.  That’s four cents less than the price of a short stack when the restaurant was founded.

In 1958, Al and Jerry Lapin opened their first IHOP in Toluca Lake, California.   That year, only three major television stations were on the air, a gallon of regular gas cost $0.24 and the hula hoop had just been invented.

IHOP now operates 1,627 restaurants in every state, as well as nine countries and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The short stack deal will be available at participating restaurants from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 8.  IHOP has restaurants at the following locations:

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.