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My Town Wyoming: Beltline Bar holds month-long food drive for local pantries

My Town Wyoming: Beltline Bar holds month-long food drive for local pantries

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.--  The Beltline Bar is doing its part to help fill the empty shelves of local food pantries.

Throughout the month of May, the restaurant will be collecting non-perishable food items from patrons.  The first 5,000 guests to donate to the food drive will receive a certificate for a free Beltline Bar wet burrito.

The restaurant hopes to collect 10,000 items during the inaugural drive.  Donations can be dropped off inside the restaurant during regular business hours.

“The food drive is a nice way to give back to the community that has supported the Beltline Bar for the past 60 years,” said restaurant owner Jeff Lobdell. “This is something we plan on turning into an annual event."

The pantry donation wish list includes the following items:

My Town: Culver's to donate a portion of sales to Honor Flight

My Town: Culver's to donate a portion of sales to Honor Flight

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—A group of local restaurants are joining the effort to ensure veterans get a chance to see their war memorials in our nation’s capitol.

Seven area Culver’s restaurants will host fundraisers Tuesday, May 20 for the Honor Flight Network, a nonprofit group that transports veterans to the national monuments.  Ten percent of sales on May 20 will go toward the effort.

“We’re happy for the opportunity to support the Honor Flight network and we hope our guests will too,” says Craig Culver, co-founder of the restaurant chain. “Men and women who put their lives on the line to protect our freedom are true heroes,” added Culver.

Participating restaurants are:

My Town: Kent County Health Department names 2014 Food Safety Award winners

My Town: Kent County Health Department names 2014 Food Safety Award winners

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—If you’re looking for a clean, safe place to dine out this weekend, the Kent County Health Department has some suggestions- 471 of them, actually.

The KCHD recently announced the winners of its 2nd annual Food Safety Awards.  This year’s 471 winners were selected from more than 1700 licensed facilities that were inspected through 2013.    To qualify, each establishment had to meet the following criteria:

My Town Wyoming: Construction underway on new restaurant

My Town Wyoming: Construction underway on new restaurant

WYOMING, Mich.—Construction is underway on a new restaurant expected to create up to 60 jobs in Wyoming.

The new McDonald’s will be located at 1115 Chicago Drive SW.  Mayor Jack Poll, joined other city and business leaders to help owner Tony Castillo break ground on the work on March 31.  Castillo owns three other McDonald’s restaurants in Holland, and was recently named the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s Hispanic Business Person of the Year.

The new restaurant will feature a the latest technology and a contemporary design  including two drive-through windows to provide faster food service.  The new McDonald’s is expected to open this summer.

My Town Wyoming: Dozens go bald to support children with cancer

My Town Wyoming: Dozens go bald to support children with cancer

WYOMING, Mich.--  Saturday, dozens of people who enter Chubby’s Bar & Grill with a full head of hair will leave bald.

More than 35 people have volunteered to shave their heads to support children with cancer and raise money for life-saving research through St. Baldrick’s Foundation.

Last year, St. Baldrick's Foundation donated $50,000 to Helen DeVos Children's Hospital.  Saturday, Dr. Giselle Sholler and Dr. James Fahner from the hospital will be on hand for the head-shaving event.  Another doctor, Dr. Peter Sholler will have his head shaved in solidarity.

“We are extremely thankful to St. Baldrick’s for their grant support of our Innovative Therapeutics Clinic in pediatric oncology at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, helping bring new therapies to children with cancer in Grand Rapids,” says Dr. Sholler.

Supermercado Mexico opens bakery in Wyoming

Supermercado Mexico opens bakery in Wyoming

WYOMING, Mich.—Fresh baked bread and other treats are now on the shelves at Supermercado Mexico’s new bakery in Wyoming.

After months of construction and testing equipment, Mexicana Bakery officially opened at S. Division Avenue at 34th Street last week.

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.