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My Town Walker: IHOP to serve up free pancakes March 4

My Town Walker: IHOP to serve up free pancakes March 4

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.—Skip firing up your skillet Tuesday, March 4 and head to your closest IHOP for free pancakes.

Participating IHOP restaurants will be serving up a free short stack of buttermilk pancakes in honor of National Pancake Day.   The deal will be good from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. 

In exchange for free pancakes, customers are encouraged to donate to support Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, Shriners Hospitals for Children and other local charities.

"Our guests, our franchisees, their team members, and all of us at IHOP- look forward to National Pancake Day every year. Knowing that every free stack of buttermilk pancakes has the potential to improve the lives of the children in their own community makes serving them and eating them even more enjoyable than usual,” said Julia Stewart, Interim President, International House of Pancakes, LLC and CEO of the parent company, DineEquity, Inc.

Ally’s Boutique Fashion Show on March 6

Ally’s Boutique Fashion Show on March 6

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- The community is invited to Ally’s Boutique's first runway fashion show,  taking place on Wednesday, March 6 at Louis Benton Steakhouse, located at 35 Ionia NW.

This is a ticket only event, with all proceeds supporting an autism charity of Kent County.

The VIP Cocktail Hour will run from  6 p.m. to 7 p.m. with the fashion show beginning at 7 p.m.  After the event, LB's Lounge will host an after-party with hor d’oeurves donated by Louis Benton.

General admission is $35 per person;  VIP admission is $50.  Tickets must be purchased in advanced by calling  Ally’s Boutique at (616) 717-0004 or Louis Benton Steakhouse at (616) 454-7455.  

Ford Airport ranks among best in the world

Ford Airport ranks among best in the world

KENTWOOD, Mich.—West Michigan is home to one of the top five best airports in the world.

The Airports Council International ranked the Gerald R. Ford International Airport fifth among airports that serve 2 million to 5 million passengers a year.  The rankings are based on passenger reviews of security, amenities and customer service.

“Customer service is a top priority for our entire team at the Gerald R.

Grand Rapids Magazine announces 2013 Dining Award winners

Grand Rapids Magazine announces 2013 Dining Award winners

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—It did it last year, and it’s doing it again this year: Grove is Grand Rapids Magazine’s Restaurant of the Year.

The magazine announced the winners of its 34th annual Dining Awards Wednesday.  The judging process took place over 10 months.  A total of eight awards were presented live on Grand Rapids Magazine’s Facebook page and Twitter account this week.  The recipients are:

  • 2013 Restaurant of the Year: Grove
  • Best New Restaurant: Trattoria Di’ Stagione
  • Best Mexican/Latin American/Caribbean Restaurant: El Arriero
  • Best Middle Eastern/Mediterranean Restaurant: Zeytin
  • Best Asian Restaurant: Maru Sushi & Grill
  • Best European Restaurant: San Chez Bistro & Café
  • Best Classic American Restaurant: Leo’s
  • Best New American Restaurant: Terra GR

All eight Dining Award win

My Town Muskegon: Applebee's celebrates grand re-opening with donation to Kids' Food Basket

My Town Muskegon: Applebee's celebrates grand re-opening with donation to Kids' Food Basket

MUSKEGON, Mich.—A newly-renovated Applebee’s restaurant celebrated its grand re-opening Tuesday, Feb. 18 by helping hungry children.

During the ribbon cutting event, the restaurant located at 1825 E. Sherman Blvd. presented a check for $5,573.22 to Kids' Food Basket.  The donation marks nearly $35,000 Team Schostak Family Restaurants has donated to non-profit organizations throughout West Michigan.

“We’re so excited to be here on the lakeshore now and we’re serving two schools- almost 600 students a day,” says Kids’ Food Basket Executive Director Bridget Clark-Whitney. “This kind of donation is going to provide over 5,500 meals to kids right here in the community. Every dollar means a meal and every meal means a time that a child isn’t going to bed hungry and that child is able to get up, go to school and learn right here in Muskegon County.”

Get dinner and a movie while helping schools Jan. 25

Get dinner and a movie while helping schools Jan. 25

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.—The Comstock Park Parent-Teacher Organization is inviting families for a night out to help the schools.

The Comstock Park PTO Annual Night Out will take place Saturday, Jan. 25 at 5 p.m. in the Wave Room at Celebration Cinema North.  The event includes dinner catered by Twisted Rooster followed by a private screening of “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit”.  An auction to benefit school programs is also planned.

ChoiceOne Bank is one of the sponsors of the event, contributing $1,500.

 “The Annual Night Out event is focused on the Comstock Park schools and community. We are pleased to be a part of such a generous and exciting event,” said ChoiceOne Bank President and CEO Jim Bosserd.

Tickets to the Night Out are $30 per person or $25 each for two or more, and can be purchased in advance by contacting Julie Couturier at (616) 889-8490 or jcouturier7282@gmail.com.

Family owned restaurant expanding to Wyoming

Family owned restaurant expanding to Wyoming

 WYOMING, Mich.- A family owned restaurant in Grand Rapids is expanding into Wyoming.

Little Bangkok Thai Restaurant is adding a second location along Byron Center Avenue, in front of Metro Health.  The signs are already up on the building, but an employee at the current restaurant was not sure when the new restaurant will open.

Little Bangkok Thai Restaurant opened five years ago at 850 Forest Hill Ave. SE in My Town Ada/Cascade.  The restaurant is owned and managed by Melody Yang, as well has her daughters and son.

The new complex adjacent to the Byron Center Avenue Starbucks also includes a Sprint Store and Peachwave Self Serve Frozen Yogurt, which is expected to open this spring.  Peachwave is currently hiring; to apply, click here.