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My Town: Crews gut shuttered Alpine Avenue restaurant

My Town: Crews gut shuttered Alpine Avenue restaurant

WALKER, Mich.—A building on Alpine Avenue that’s been home to numerous restaurants will no longer be serving up meals.

Construction crews this week are gutting the former Wild Chef Restaurant at 3303 Alpine Ave.  The site was previously home to a Bennigan’s restaurant.

Walker building official Tim Musser says the building will be split into two businesses—a Mattress Firm on the south side and The Vitamin Shoppe on the north side. 

At least two other mattress stores have opened or are planned for Alpine Avenue; Art Van opened its Pure Sleep shop in the former Hallmark storefront at 3450 Alpine Ave. NW late last year and plans are in place to open a Sleep Doctor Mattress store at 4235 Alpine Ave., in Alpine Township.

Musser says developers have already obtained all the necessary permits to convert the former Wild Chef restaurant, which abruptly closed Sunday, June 1.  It’s unclear when the new businesses will open to the public.

My Town: Get a 'Taste of Grand Rapids' at Fifth Third Ballpark this weekend

My Town: Get a 'Taste of Grand Rapids' at Fifth Third Ballpark this weekend

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.—Get a “Taste of Grand Rapids” this weekend, when the festival that’s all about food returns to Fifth Third Ballpark.

This is the second year Taste of Grand Rapids is being held at the ballpark.  Organizers moved the event to the Whitecaps’ home because it had outgrown John Ball Park Zoo.

Last year, Taste of Grand Rapids attracted thousands of foodies, ready to sample dishes from nearly two dozen area restaurants while enjoying live music and a barbecue competition.  This year, a second barbecue competition has been added to the lineup- the McCormick BBQ Challenge.

Taste of Grand Rapids 2014 runs from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, July 25 and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, July 26.  Admission is free but parking is $6.  Visitors must also pay for food and beer/wine tickets on site.  

My Town Alpine Township: Planning commission weighs in on proposed Tim Hortons development changes

My Town Alpine Township: Planning commission weighs in on proposed Tim Hortons development changes

ALPINE TOWNSHIP, Mich.—The developer planning to open a Tim Hortons in Alpine Township is not getting the support of planning commissioners to alter its plans.

Visser Brothers Inc. wants to delay construction on a north/south service drive and a portion of the east/west private road previously called for in the development plans.  During its regular meeting last week, the planning commission recommended keeping the current construction timeline for the project.

Planning Director Sue Becker says the developer must now decide whether to withdraw their request or take it to the regular board.

The development is expected to include 2,489-square-foot Tim Hortons restaurant with a drive through, as well as a 3,510-square-foot Sleep Doctor Mattress Store. 

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 Alpine Township: Developers seek to alter plan for Tim Hortons development

My Town Alpine Township: Developers seek to alter plan for Tim Hortons development

ALPINE TOWNSHIP, Mich.— The developer planning to open a Tim Hortons in Alpine Township wants to alter its plans for 4235 Alpine Ave.

A public hearing is set for Thursday, July 17 to discuss the modifications Visser Brothers Inc. is asking for.  The company wants to delay a north/south service drive and a portion of the east/west private road previously called for in the development plans.  The planning commission previously approved the plan, on the condition that Visser Brothers reached an agreement with nearby businesses about street access, and change the site plan accordingly.

The development is expected to include 2,489-square-foot Tim Hortons restaurant with a drive through, as well as a 3,510-square-foot Sleep Doctor Mattress Store. 

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:

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.”