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My Town: Grandwich competition returns to Grand Rapids July 8

My Town: Grandwich competition returns to Grand Rapids July 8

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Restaurants across Grand Rapids will give you a new solution to satisfy your taste buds starting Tuesday, July 8 as the Grandwich competition returns.

This is the 4th year for the contest, which determines Grand Rapids’ favorite sandwich.  This year, there are 26 entries featuring a variety of ingredients, from a bun made of deep fried Ramen noodles to jicama slaw.   This year’s entries include:

  • Bacon Jam Grilled Cheese – A Moveable Feast
  • Crazy Train- Bagger Dave’s
  • Picnic on the Grand – Birch Lodge
  • Name TBA - Bulls Head Tavern
  • Madame Cheshire –Cheshire Grill
  • Gwammich- CitySen Lounge in CityFlats Hotel
  • Name TBA- Fat Johnny’s Cheesesteak Co.
  • Rueben Cuban- Flanagan’s Irish Pub
  • Wake-N-Bacon – Grand Rapids Brewing Company
  • Sausage Mac Daddy- Grand Woods Lodge
  • Über – Hopcat
  • El Zorro – McFaddens Restaurant and Salo

My Town GR: Downtown Market bakery moves into its own storefront

My Town GR: Downtown Market bakery moves into its own storefront

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—A bakery that got its start in the Downtown Market now has its own storefront.

The owners of Scrumptious Cupcakes and Sweetery served up their first cupcake from their new shop on June 24. The store at 602 Lake Michigan Drive NW features a rotating selection of cupcakes as well as ice cream. 

Scrumptious Cupcakes and Sweetery will also continue to sell cupcakes at the Downtown Market’s incubator kitchen, located at 434 Ionia Ave. SW.  For more vendor information, visit  the Downtown Market’s website here.

My Town GR South: New restaurant opening inside Downtown Market

My Town GR South: New restaurant opening inside Downtown Market

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—With the start of a new month comes the start of a new restaurant at Grand Rapids Downtown Market.

Sushi Maki will open in Market Hall this month.  The casual bar will offer sushi, maki rolls, sashimi and seaweed salad made on site, as well as mocha and Japanese soda.

Shun Chen, owner of Fuji Yama on East Beltline, is a co-owner of Sushi Maki.  Co-owners Johnny Lin and Wen Wang will also serve as lead sushi chefs.

The sushi bar will be located near Fish Lads to promote potential collaborations between the two vendors. 

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.” 

My Town: Local First Street Party is ready to rock on June 7

My Town: Local First Street Party is ready to rock on June 7

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Local First will hold its 11th annual Street Party on Saturday, June 7 outside Bistro Bella Vita from 3 p.m. to midnight.

This year's event is presented by Founders Brewing Company with stage sponsor Celebration Cinema. Last year, more than 12,000 attendees attended the 10th anniversary Local First Street Party and enjoyed Founders beer, local food  and food trucks, family art  and sidewalk chalk art, interactive music, and a great music set. The Local First Street Party is free and open to all ages; there will be music and entertainment for everyone to enjoy at this event.

"The Street Party is one of the biggest highlights of our year. Local First puts on this event to showcase local businesses and talented individuals, celebrate the diversity and vibrancy of our community, and kick off the summer right!" said Elissa Hillary, executive director of Local First.

My Town: Ryan Reardon assumes ownership of two Grand Rapids McDonald's locations

My Town: Ryan Reardon assumes ownership of two Grand Rapids McDonald's locations

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.--  McDonald’s Corporation announced Friday, May 16  that McDonald’s owner/operator Ryan Reardon has taken ownership of the McDonald’s restaurants at 1130 Fulton St. SW and 1240 S. Division in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Reardon, a native of Cleveland, Ohio, has been with McDonald’s throughout West Michigan since 2007.

Reardon, 33, is a 2003 graduate from John Carroll University, where he was a running back on the football team. The assistant coach on that team was his father Tim Reardon, a JCU and Ohio football coaching legend. After he graduated from JCU, Reardon worked in Florida in the fields of heavy commercial construction and civil engineering, and in the Cleveland area working for Pulte Homes.

My Town: Grand Rapids area brewers begin Thank You Tour May 6

My Town: Grand Rapids area brewers begin Thank You Tour May 6

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—A group of Grand Rapids area breweries is thanking patrons for putting the city on the craft beer map by winning it the title of Beer City USA.

Grand Rapids won the title outright last year, with more than 27,000 of the 50,000 votes cast I the now defunct online poll.  The vote was organized by Charlie Papazian, founder of the American Homebrewers Association, the Great American Beer Festival and a beer writer for Examiner.com.

To celebrate the final Beer City win, the founders of MIBeers and Momma Needs A Beer are teaming up with area breweries for a Thank You Tour that starts Tuesday, May 6.  Brewers, local celebrities and BeerCity team members will visit each of the businesses on the tour to hand out freebies to patrons.