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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: 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.

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. 

Caught Being Safe program launches statewide

Michigan State Police, local law enforcement and Michigan’s Field Neurosciences Institute have teamed up with McDonald’s of Michigan to once again launch “Caught Being Safe,” a statewide bicycle/scooter helmet safety program. Kids wearing helmets and “caught being safe” by participating law enforcement officials will treated to a free ice cream cone or Apple Dippers at McDonald’s. 

According to the Field Neurosciences Institute (of Michigan): “Caught Being Safe! has shown a significant increase in both helmet utilization and public awareness regarding the critical importance of wearing a bicycle helmet. This program has impacted not only children but adults as well.” 

My Town: Former office space transformed into sweet treat escape

My Town: Former office space transformed into sweet treat escape

GRAND HAVEN, Mich.—The Pump House is celebrating the opening of its second frozen yogurt bar in downtown Grand Haven.

The new shop celebrated its soft (and tasty) opening June 6 inside the facility that formally housed Wirick Office Products, at 20 North Harbor Drive.  Construction crews spent several months renovating the 3,300 square foot space, creating a vintage beach shack atmosphere that complements the community.  The new yogurt bar features reclaimed wood, a toppings bar resembling a boat and Adirondack chairs and swings lining the facility’s windows.  The menu includes more than 100 toppings and 14 yogurt pumping stations.

My Town: Local First Street Party is ready to rock on June 7

My Town: Local First Street Party is ready to rock on June 7

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Local First will hold its 11th annual Street Party on Saturday, June 7 outside Bistro Bella Vita from 3 p.m. to midnight.

This year's event is presented by Founders Brewing Company with stage sponsor Celebration Cinema. Last year, more than 12,000 attendees attended the 10th anniversary Local First Street Party and enjoyed Founders beer, local food  and food trucks, family art  and sidewalk chalk art, interactive music, and a great music set. The Local First Street Party is free and open to all ages; there will be music and entertainment for everyone to enjoy at this event.

"The Street Party is one of the biggest highlights of our year. Local First puts on this event to showcase local businesses and talented individuals, celebrate the diversity and vibrancy of our community, and kick off the summer right!" said Elissa Hillary, executive director of Local First.