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My Town: New plans for former Gaslight Village restaurant

My Town: New plans for former Gaslight Village restaurant

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—New plans are in the mix for the former home of Ramona’s Table.

The owners of the former Gaslight Village restaurant have sold their space at 2232 Wealthy Street SE to the owners of Rio Grand Steakhouse in Plainfield Township.  It’s unclear if Rio Grand Steakhouse is planning to open a second restaurant, or move its current establishment at 5501 Northland Drive into the space.

Ramona’s Table moved to the corner of Squires and Bridge in Rockford, where it opened Aug 1.  The owners say their new space can accommodate more than 160 people- more than their old restaurant. Co-owner Jackie Ziehm also says Rockford also had a liquor license available, allowing Ramona’s Table to add Michigan beers and wines to its expanded farm-to-table menu.

My Town: Farm-to-table favorite opening in Rockford Aug. 1

My Town: Farm-to-table favorite opening in Rockford Aug. 1

ROCKFORD, Mich.—Final rounds of training are underway at the newest restaurant opening in Rockford.

Ramona’s Table will welcome its first guests Aug. 1, beginning at 11 a.m.   The restaurant is located at the corner of Squire and Bridge, which was formerly the home of A Charmed Life boutique.  The building dates back a century, when it used to be a grain elevator and the White Pine Trail was a thoroughfare for cargo-laden trains.

Construction workers have been working on renovating the space since January.  The restaurant

pays homage to the building’s history, with the original beams, wood floors and parts of the pulley wheel on display.  Owner Jackie Ziehm says the restaurant also features a three-story atrium with skylight, as well as seating for 92 people inside and 70 people on an outdoor patio.

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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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: 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: Rockford Restaurant Week leads to record donation for hungry

My Town: Rockford Restaurant Week leads to record donation for hungry

ROCKFORD, Mich.—A spokesperson for Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank says Rockford Restaurant Week 2014 was a great success.

According to organizers, participating restaurants served up more than 800 of their specialty meals to patrons during Rockford Restaurant Week.  For each sale, participating restaurants donated the equivalent of 4.5 meals, which totaled to more than 3,600 meals for those in need.  That’s 25 percent higher than last year, and comes at a time when demand for Feeding America West Michigan’s services are at a record high.

This was the second year for Rockford Restaurant Week.  Modeled after Grand Rapids’ Restaurant Week, the event is designed to raise awareness about the diverse food Rockford offers, while funding hunger relief through Feeding America West Michigan.