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  1. Not Grand Rapids, but Lakeshore. Have you all seen the “Google Search 2021” ad? There’s a clip of a worker at Norm’s Ice Cream in Fruitport in the ad. So random and cool. Here’s the whole ad…
  2. I’ve never tried to predict anything in this thread over the years, but I always enjoyed reading them. Just bumping this is in case anyone wants to give it a go.
  3. https://mibiz.com/sections/real-estate-development/gilmore-collection-confirms-the-b-o-b-closing-glc-live-at-20-monroe-will-remain-as-venue?fbclid=IwAR0G_bnl-bOzvcB4wEFuTHqMCLVKdxNcCkZmoU39-Qt9WlwInsojmIagdnM A tiny bit more information…this is the quote that was interesting…I wondered if there was room in that “beer garden” area for more building. Afterall, there’s a tower proposed on that tiny lot up the street. He added that the future owners have a “huge opportunity with the space they have out front in the plaza area because it’s so visible and connects to 20 Monroe. It is also essentially across the street from the arena. To the extent they can enhance that area, they have a huge opportunity there.”
  4. That would make for a great entertainment place. Can you fit a bowling alley, comedy club, arcade and some bars/restaurants in there? Even already has a theater.
  5. Yeah…it should stay primarily a music venue. This could be a great chance for someone to develop a really cool club just for comedy.
  6. https://mibiz.com/sections/real-estate-development/comedy-club-dr-grins-set-to-close-amid-pending-sale-of-the-b-o-b?fbclid=IwAR2j5-DQkw7OG5jzSyxJjJBKT_jvCPodmXRnLgt4jLUCfO6hFODA9mcfJtw Hope Dr. Grins find a new location. Maybe a better one. We need a cool comedy club in GR. I always enjoyed (most) of the comedians we saw there. (Usually knew what to expect with the headliner but the opening acts were sometimes…interesting) So interested to hear the plans…
  7. I hope so...seems like such a silly waste when there are so many places and lots to build a hotel. Maybe this is going to be part of something huge and exciting in that whole area. I guess I'll just think positively. =)
  8. I saw those Amway hotel rumors too. That seems so weird to me - gotta be just people joking around. Love or hate the BOB, there are plenty of locations to build another hotel that doesn’t remove several restaurants, live music venues, a brewery , banquet facilities and a comedy club. Those are great things we need downtown…maybe they are buying it to be part of a hotel development across the street or something.
  9. French/American Bakery... So glad to see this building come to life...that was such a dead zone. https://mibiz.com/sections/real-estate-development/french-american-bakery-planned-for-mixed-use-wealthy-street-redevelopment
  10. They should just put a hot dog cart in that parking lot…
  11. Yep. I was seeing it from the right angle. It’s the west side towers that threw me at first.
  12. MiBiz has a rendering. I can't figure it out, though. Look like it doesn't really go along Monroe except for a part between Brassworks and the hotel and we are looking at the back of BrassWorks? I assume all the tall "ghost" buildings are across the river and not real? https://mibiz.com/sections/health-care/spectrum-health-details-plans-for-8-story-office-complex-near-downtown-gr?fbclid=IwAR3JZeVHWYOF8lIA_YEAJZsig7YpNVQcg9Lo7Twv5d21gLZ_HvfTakF0dB0 I assume there's more in the PC agenda packet but I don't see it online. A site plan and Monroe elevation would help. This looks similar to the new Perrigo to me.
  13. I thought the same thing...I was hoping there was tower info in the article. That's a ton of capital...wow!
  14. I was about to comment that. I wonder if they would buy Kale's and combine it into something bigger...that would be cool. Like cstoneparty said, keep El Sombrero on the ground floor. =)
  15. Looks like some new plans and a start date of late April. Hope this version actually starts. I think it looks like a huge upgrade... https://www.woodtv.com/news/grand-rapids/lyon-square-redesign-would-add-event-space-garden-along-grand-river/
  16. No kidding, I liked it so much I sent it to my bro-in-law who lives in Virginia. Nice work, @sonic!
  17. I agree. We went DT last weekend to eat "out" and see the art. If it wasn't for a chance to walk the skywalks and warm up for a few minutes, we wouldn't have stayed down there nearly as long. Same for other times during rain. We'll always walk outside unless the weather forces us to the skywalks - I would assume most are that way except people who come DT for one event and then just leave right away.
  18. I saw that MiBiz is reporting that Spectrum bought bought Brassworks for $25 million and is scaling back some of the project. I don't subscribe to the online edition so all I've got is a headline for you all. =)
  19. Fuel is just a regular restaurant, not a brewery or distillery but it is a cool place. The lights and development are the first step in hopefully making your post in the future say “I stopped in Spring Lake” instead of “I drove through Spring Lake.”
  20. No brewery that I know of...what are you referring to? New steakhouse/bakery/antiques store, though. You need to drive thru at night now. Spring Lake Sparkle is the new thing. So busy out there last night! All the music, food, shopping for the event is on hold until next year, of course.
  21. I'm very eager to see it in person. There's something about that space that when we'd go there, I just felt a world away from home. Hope the new place feels the same!
  22. According to this article in Local Spins, https://localspins.com/grand-rapids-20-monroe-live-the-bob-entertainment-complex-go-up-for-sale-local-spins/ they were planning on selling the real estate back in March but the closing fell through due to COVID. So, this was the plan anyway. There's actually a really cool video series about several West MI venues there, too.
  23. Hate to dig this thread up for this... https://mls.carwm.com/listing/30667067 I figured this kind of stuff would happen but it’s hard to see. Hope they find a buyer to keep it going. Still...Gilmore worked so hard on this dream for a decade and then this. The BOB is for sale, too. Edit - Just saw the MIBiz article on it. Looks like they are trying to sell the real estate but not the business so they can survive COVID? https://mibiz.com/sections/real-estate-development/owners-list-20-monroe-live-property-for-16-5m
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