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Arena district to host Italian Culture Event - June 20th

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WHERE: Tre Crugini, 122 Monroe Center NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

WHEN: Wednesday, June 20, 2012, 6-8pm

Grand Rapids- When in Rome, do as the Romans do. Indulge your senses to a taste of Italy! Come enjoy the full Italian experience from orecchiette to opera.

Arena District’s Italian Culture Celebration will be held at Tre Cugini, which offers the best of Italy in the heart of Grand Rapids. The event will feature live entertainment and complimentary authentic Italian cuisine, including rigatoni with four-cheese sauce, stuffed risotto balls, and grilled, mixed vegetables.

Former New York City, Carnegie Hall, Opera singer, Anne Marie Church will be performing with her accompanist, Phil Pletcher.

New Restaurant to open in former Perkins Building

New Restaurant to open in former Perkins Building

Today while out and about on my lunch hour, I drove past the closed Perkins restaurant on Alpine and noticed a man painting the exterior of the building.

I decided to stop and talk to this man and maybe find out what is happening with the building. I thought the obvious thing would be that maybe an Oriental or Mexican Restaurant would be taking up residence because of the bright gold color of the paint, one of the many bright colors they seem to use in business.

My guess was right. The man I spoke to said a new Mexican Restaurant, called Cinco de Mayo, should be opening within a month or so from now. Keep an eye out for this new restaurant.

Gluten Free Menu at Walker Roadhouse

Gluten Free Menu at Walker Roadhouse

In doing a little research today, I discovered that the Walker Roadhouse Restaurant carries a great menu of Gluten Free items on their menu.

This is great news for people with eating problems and it seems there is more and more of them all the time. If this is something that you would consider trying, take a ride to the Walker Roadhouse located at 3252 Remembrance Rd. NW in Grand Rapids, MI.  Phone: 616-791-9922 You can also Google them for more information.

Hours: Mon-Fri  11-11; Sat 4-11; Closed Sundays

Welcome to The Establishment

Welcome to The Establishment

J. Bennett Rylah

Paul and David Reinert, bar entrepreneurs behind Republic/Rockwell's, Monte's and O'Toole's, closed Monte's following Halloween. Tonight, they open The Establishment. Located in the exact same spot (438 Bridge NW), but with an entirely different feel, The Establishment -- billed as "a distinctive urban hangout" -- hopes to attract a different clientele and provide a new atmosphere.

It all began with local designer Ashley Cole, who was helping to give one of the Reinert's other establishment, Republic, a revamp. This led to discussing new fabric for booths inside of Monte's, which led to a conversation about new paint colors, which led to the idea of completely changing the whole bar.

As Cole led us through the space Tuesday afternoon, approximately 24 hours before the soft open and 48 before the public unveiling, she pointed...

Grand Rapids West restaurants to participate in Restaurant Week Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids West restaurants to participate in Restaurant Week Grand Rapids

Experience Grand Rapids has revealed the participating restaurants in this year's Restaurant Week Grand Rapids, and Grand Rapids West will host two of them.

70 restaurants have signed on to the event, which will run from November 3 through November 13th.  The following restaurants from Grand Rapids West will be participating:

  • Brann's on Leonard
  • Dugan's Pub & Grille

Most establishments will offer a creative 3-course menu for $25 per person (not including tax or tip).  Some restaurants will offer a 2-for-$25 menu to appeal to more budget conscious diners.

The menus will be unveiled the week of October 10th.

You can find more information at  www.restaurantweekgr.com.

Which restaurant has the best pizza in Grand Rapids West?

Which restaurant has the best pizza in Grand Rapids West?

Now that our hamburger poll is done, we would like to find out what restaurant has the best pizza in Grand Rapids West. Login below and post a comment with your opinion. In a couple weeks, we'll launch our official poll which will include your suggestions. Thank you!

Burger Flipping Up In The Air in Walker

Burger Flipping Up In The Air in Walker

An iconic 80 plus year old burger joint in Walker is in limbo after the holiday weekend death of its owner.  Bud's Burger on Remembrance road just north of Leonard has been closed since the passing of it's owner David Goodwin III on Saturday. Goodwin was working when he collapsed. According to Goodwins' brother two customers tried to administer CPR and with the assistance of medics both groups were unsuccessful. Goowin was 78 years of age and worked daily at the restaurant, "He loved the restaurant and died doing what and where he loved"  stated his younger brother Bob Goodwin. Bob Goodwin also commented on the future of the burger joint. With current staff offering to keep the place open in the interim Bob said "It is up to his(Dave) wife Sue.