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My Town Walker: Renovations nearly complete to Shots Grill

My Town Walker: Renovations nearly complete to Shots Grill

STANDALE, Mich.—  Renovations are nearly complete to Shots Grill, Pizzeria & Pub in Standale.

Employees say the majority of work was completed in January.  The renovations included raising the ceiling, installing a new bar, which was moved from the back of the restaurant to the font, creating two separate rooms for dining and a sports bar and adding a new fascade.

Employees say work outside the restaurant, which will include patio and other outdoor renovations, will likely be completed this spring or summer.

Shots Grill worked with the Downtown Development Authority to ensure the renovations fit the desired look for downtown.  The restaurant, located 4259 Lake Michigan Drive, never closed during the renovations.

 

My Town Muskegon: Applebee's celebrates grand re-opening with donation to Kids' Food Basket

My Town Muskegon: Applebee's celebrates grand re-opening with donation to Kids' Food Basket

MUSKEGON, Mich.—A newly-renovated Applebee’s restaurant celebrated its grand re-opening Tuesday, Feb. 18 by helping hungry children.

During the ribbon cutting event, the restaurant located at 1825 E. Sherman Blvd. presented a check for $5,573.22 to Kids' Food Basket.  The donation marks nearly $35,000 Team Schostak Family Restaurants has donated to non-profit organizations throughout West Michigan.

“We’re so excited to be here on the lakeshore now and we’re serving two schools- almost 600 students a day,” says Kids’ Food Basket Executive Director Bridget Clark-Whitney. “This kind of donation is going to provide over 5,500 meals to kids right here in the community. Every dollar means a meal and every meal means a time that a child isn’t going to bed hungry and that child is able to get up, go to school and learn right here in Muskegon County.”

My Town Walker: Art Van opens second store along Alpine Avenue corridor

My Town Walker: Art Van opens second store along Alpine Avenue corridor

WALKER, Mich.— A store that opened along Alpine Avenue 15 years ago has been replaced.

The Hallmark store at 3450 Alpine Avenue NW closed last June.  The space, which is an anchor for the shopping center, sat vacant for approximately six months before Art Van snatched it up and transformed it into an Art Van Pure Sleep store.

Art Van already has a larger store about a half mile north of the Pure Sleep store, but realtors opted to move into the shopping center because it has been historically very successful.  They also say Alpine Avenue is a thriving corridor and the new location helps Art Van serve the greater Grand Rapids market, which is part of the company’s long term strategy.

My Town Walker: Roundabout to ease traffic at intersection

My Town Walker: Roundabout to ease traffic at intersection

The Michigan Department of Transportation unveiled a new traffic plan last Monday, regarding a turnabout at the intersection of Wilson Ave. & Remembrance Rd. NW in Walker, MI.

The current intersection will be removed and a 180-foot diameter roundabout will be built in its place beginning next June, 2015. The entire reconstruction of this busy intersection could take up to 6 months to complete.

This intersection has been the scene of many accidents and most of them are serious ones. In studies over the past 10 years, roundabouts take away the possibility of a head on collision and T-bone accidents. It will also help ease the congestion of rush hour traffic.

Proposal for Alpine Avenue Tim Hortons renewed

Proposal for Alpine Avenue Tim Hortons renewed

ALPINE TOWNSHIP, Mich.— When it comes to bringing Tim Hortons to Alpine Avenue, the third time may be the charm.

A proposal for a Tim Hortons along the busy corridor is being renewed by a different developer. Visser Development, Inc. will present its preliminary plan to the Alpine Township Planning Commission on Thursday, Feb. 20.  Visser Development President Bill Mast says his company wants to work with the township and a local franchisee to transform the empty union hall at 4235 Alpine Ave. NW into a Tim Hortons restaurant, complete with a drive-through.

Meijer completes expansion of food rescue program

Meijer completes expansion of food rescue program

WALKER, Mich.—Meijer has expanded its food rescue program to include all of its 204 stores in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky.

Participating food banks have the opportunity to pick up fresh food from their local Meijer store two to three days per week.  Last year, Meijer added eight food bank partnerships to the program.

“We are very excited about what these partnerships represent: Another way to get good food to those who are hungry,”  said Doug Meijer, co-chairman of the retailer. “Not only are we helping with hunger relief, our program provides healthy choices to a greater number of people who rely on food banks for their meals.”

Meijer started its food rescue program in 2009 with 29 stores in southeast Michigan. Last year, the Walker-based company donated more than 3.2 million pounds of food, accounting for more than 2.6 million meals to local food banks. 

Brewery surprises animal shelter with large check

Brewery surprises animal shelter with large check

WALKER, Mich.—The animals at the Humane Society of West Michigan are getting a boost, thanks to beer drinkers.

The Mitten Brewing Co. named HSWM its charity partner for the month of December.  This week, the business surprised the shelter with a giant check for more than $1,600 in donations.

In a post on Facebook, the Humane Society of West Michigan says, “We are so grateful to receive this donation and encourage all of you to stop by this awesome vintage baseball-themed microbrewery!”

The Mitten Brewing Co. is located at 527 Leonard St. NW.  This month, the company will be donating a portion of sales to Paws With A Cause.  On Jan. 27, half of food sales at The Mitten Brewing Co. will go to the organization.