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Kent County honors cleanest restaurants with Food Safety Awards

Kent County honors cleanest restaurants with Food Safety Awards

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—Where are the safest places to eat in Kent County?

The county health department is answering that question with the 2013 Food Safety Awards.   The agency whittled down the list of 1,654 eligible restaurants to just 269 facilities, based on routine restaurant and food service inspections over the past year.  Under the county’s criteria, restaurants that earn the award must have a certified food safety manager, no confirmed violations of the Michigan Smoke Free Law and no confirmed foodborne illness outbreaks during the year.

UPDATE: West Ottawa celebrates 'Spirit Bracket Challenge' victory

UPDATE: West Ottawa celebrates 'Spirit Bracket Challenge' victory

HOLLAND, Mich.-- Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar will reward the winner of its “Spirit Bracket Challenge” November 5.

The restaurant organized the friendly fundraising competition as a way to promote school spirit while helping a dozen local schools raise money for classroom supplies and school activities.

Kenowa Hills 6th grade/Alpine Elementary and West Ottawa High School were the last two competitors standing, besting ten other schools in the Teriyaki 12 and Spicy 6 fundraising rounds.  In the end, West Ottawa won the Flamin’ Finals.  In addition to the funds students raised throughout the competition, West Ottawa will get an additional $2,500 from Buffalo Wild Wings.  The school will be rewarded with a special check during its celebratory pep rally Tuesday, November 5.

“We were so lucky to have 12 upbeat and enthusiastic schools compete in th

Shuttered Caledonia restaurant reopens in Wyoming

Shuttered Caledonia restaurant reopens in Wyoming

WYOMING, Mich.—A family-owned restaurant that closed its doors in Caledonia is now open in Wyoming.

Monterey Grill opened to the public in early October.  The new restaurant is located at 1820 44th St. SW, formerly home to Time Out GR restaurant.  Monterey Grill’s new menu includes many old food favorites from Caledonia.  Monterey Grill’s new location also includes a dining area complete with fireplace and a bar with multiple flat screen televisions.  Harder & Warner landscaping of Caledonia transformed the yard surrounding the Wyoming restaurant.

Monterey Grill closed in Caledonia on June 9, after serving up food to the community for 12 years.  The owners, Bruce and Kerri Higgins said their family had decided to pursue new career opportunities.

More than 60 restaurants to take part in Restaurant Week GR

More than 60 restaurants to take part in Restaurant Week GR

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—The list of businesses participating in Restaurant Week Grand Rapids is out.

So far, 68 restaurants have signed up to take part in the annual event, creating specialty three-course meals for $25. Participants include:

  • The Acorne Grille at Thousand Oaks Golf Club (4100 Thousand Oaks Dr. NE, My Town Plainfield/Northview)
  • Amore Trattoria Italiana (5080 Alpine Avenue NW, My Town Comstock Park/Alpine Township)
  • Aryana Restaurant and Bar (5700 28th Street SE, My Town Ada/Cascade)
  • Bar Divani (15 Ionia Ave. SW, Ste. 130, My Town G.R. Central)
  • Bistro Bella Vita (44 Grandville Ave. SW, My Town G.R. Central)
  • Bistro Chloe Elan (445 Ada Drive SE, My Town Ada/Cascade)
  • Bobarino’s at the B.O.B. (20 Monroe Ave. NW, My Town G.R. Central)
  • Bombay Cuisine (1420 Lake Drive SE, My Town G.R. Central)
  • Brann’s Steakhouse & Grille (401 Leonard St.

WAVE Award nominations open

WAVE Award nominations open

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- Experience Grand Rapids and the Kent County Lodging Association have opened the 6th Annual WAVE Award nominations.

The annual awards program recognizes outstanding service providers in the Grand Rapids and Kent County hospitality industry. Nominations will be accepted from employers and guests from April 30 to Oct.7, 2013. One award will be presented in each of the following categories: Transportation, Retail & Service, Attractions/Events, and Nightlife. New categories to the 2013 awards program include: Restaurants/Breweries, Lodging, and Volunteer in Hospitality.

Experience Grand Rapids Launches News 2013 Visitor's Guide, The Experience™

Experience Grand Rapids Launches News 2013 Visitor's Guide, The Experience™

 

Experience Grand Rapids has created a high tech resource for visitors with the recent launch of its digital annual visitor’s guide, The Experience™. A complete guide filled with bonus content and videos is available at www.experiencegr.com and on the Experience Grand Rapids mobile site.<?xml:namespace prefix = o />

“We are continuing to embrace the technologies around us, while providing our visitors with the best possible experience,” said Doug Small, president of Experience Grand Rapids. “Our digital guide is easily accessible online, on smartphones and on tablets.

What's in Store For Beer City USA in 2013

Economists are mixed as to what kind of year we'll have in Grand Rapids and West Michigan in 2013. Will it be a glass half full? Half empty? Or will it be a mug overflowing?