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  1. oakesLife

    Grand Rapids Restaurant Rumor Mill

    Graydon's will be opening a second location soon in EGR on Lake Dr. - found out last week from one of the waitresses. It's a good thing - it's getting difficult to get a table at dinner time these days! ** Sorry - just realized this was already noted in the bar/pub thread. They have great food though, they should be noted in the restaurant area.
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    The Watering Hole

    So I was at Mezze yesterday and looking out the window I noticed a maroon pickup and several police cars in the huge empty lot just off division. They were there for over 2 hours and just as I was getting ready to leave I saw a large blue van and several people putting what seemed like a body onto a gurney and into the van. Does anyone have any idea what happened? The pickup didn't seem to have any visible damage. Maybe the driver had a heart attack while driving? I can't find anything in the press about it. Just kind of an eerie thing to see without knowing what happened. Thoughts are with the family if anyone here knew or was related to the person.
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    Grand Rapids Restaurant Rumor Mill

    It's actually Tommy Fitzgeralds place. Owner or exec. chef (not sure if he's both) of the recently destroyed Jimmy's grill in Lowell. He is the executive chef though of Corey and Shannon's new place so you're close. I think he's probably just overwhelmed with work at the moment with Churchills opening late this month and Jimmy's burning down last week.
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    Rowe Hotel- Olds Manor

    I may be wrong but I think I remember one of the reasons it was vacated was because of structural issues and it being unsafe for housing.
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    Grand Rapids Restaurant Rumor Mill

    Sorry for the re-post. I guess I haven't been paying much attention while driving up and down Michigan St. I drove up Benson yesterday and that's the first I've noticed it. It looks a heck of a lot better than the old glass panel ugliness that was there.
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    Grand Rapids Restaurant Rumor Mill

    Just noticed yesterday there are small coming soon signs posted up on a building near Park Row on Michigan. Looks like Urban Mill/It's a Grind is building a new drive thru location. Although I hope it doesn't hurt their downtown location in the process...
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    The Watering Hole

    I happened to be walking to Nat'l City from the street party Saturday around 9:30pm when the Alticor meeting at VAA let out. There must have been 800+ Japanese ( sounded like Japanese ) and another 300+ Europeans walking with me on their way to the Amway Hotel. I felt very cultured in a city that typically hosts Americans and Latinos. Hopefully in the next 10 years there will be more and more tourists in DT because it was great to be in a bustling city for 20 min.
  8. Yup, they're definitely working on the old Alma Latina bar. Pinnacle construction has a couple trucks out back. There's also an electrician's truck and an elevator truck. Both back doors are open and demo sounds can be heard including breaking glass - too dark to see what's going on. Anyone got the scoop?
  9. Living right next door I've noticed what I'm guessing to be a realtor showing the building several times over the last couple months. Friday morning there was a contractor's truck parked out back and this morning I noticed a new very large black dumpster directly behind the building. Seems as though someone is finally doing something here.
  10. oakesLife

    83 Monroe Center - City Flats Hotel

    I agree, making them loft style would be way more attractive to couples. Singleites may enjoy the current small affordable layout but 800 sqft is a little tight for 2.
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    83 Monroe Center - City Flats Hotel

    These layouts seem so awkward - walking thru the kitchen to get into the apartment? I wouldn't want anyone just stopping by and seeing last nights dirty dishes in the sink... Also, with the prices being so low (for monroe center) as small one-bedrooms, why not make them bigger and up the price? Are there that many single people looking to BUY rather than rent? It seems (and only because it's my situation) that adding another office/second bedroom and making the kitchen and bathrooms larger would attract more people. IMHO. ps. off-topic but OMG! Has anyone seen this listing? If only I had $1M... 60 Monroe Center
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    83 Monroe Center - City Flats Hotel

    Good guess GRDad, I emailed Amy to get more info. She said each condo is approx. 750 sq ft. She also sent me a pdf of the floor plans - 2 different floors. The first floor of condos will not have the courtyards but there will be a skylight above the offices in the back units. Other than those skylights there won't be any natural light in the rest of the condo from what I can see. I can't remember where I saw it but I thought I read that those prices are pre-construction prices which ups their profit considerably. I could be wrong though - can't remember where I read it. They're also possibly going to sell the second floor as commercial space so there may only by 12 condos.
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    345 State St

    Thanks GRDad. I think the search engine on UP is acting up, or maybe I just don't know how to use it... Whenever I type in street numbers it errors on me. Anyway, not sure how to move this reply over to the other topic so I'll just post here - a link to the listing with renderings: 345 State Street
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    345 State St

    I tried searching for information about this development, so apologies if it's a re-post. I was doing a search on Grubb&Ellis's website and noticed a yet to be renovated space for lease at 345 State Street - the Park Professional Bldg. There's a note saying the first two (current) floors are for Medical suites and a possible addition of two more floors for residential. Anyone have the inside scoop?
  15. oakesLife

    The State of Downtown Grand Rapids Retail

    Herm, I applaud your efforts and commitment to keep Vertigo's doors open. I always try to shop at your place especially since i live just a block away. I totally agree with using the internet as an informational tool and then still shopping locally. I love that I can come into your store and tell you what bands I like and you or your employees can accurately suggest other bands I might like. I do still buy a song or two off itunes but when I'm looking to get a full album buying locally can't be beat. And I actually enjoy going into your store and seeing the range of customers. If I wanted to be around cookie cutter people I'd go to the mall. I have long since made the commitment to shop locally whenever I can, I just wish downtown was more sustainable so I wouldn't have to go to the waylands to get everything I need.