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  1. Couldn't agree more... and to add (restaurant professionals feel free to educate me) but will two high end french themed restaurants really do well? I'm always surprised that Margaux at the JW is still French inspired, but hey, maybe they knock it out of the park.
  2. I was at the Plant Street Market near Orlando and loved it. Seems like a very similar concept.
  3. Per their FB, Harmony Hall is closing while keeping their Easttown location open. I've always seen their East town location pretty steady so hopefully that is on solid footing. Beyond the beer, I love their pizza and would hate to see them go.
  4. Totally agree. You're right on. I did a poor job trying to make my point. That price tag without a college attached makes the economic portion of the project seem sky high. Like you said though, the actual stadium size doesn't make sense for GVSU. I'm sure the details will explain everything.
  5. I'd be surprised if this was a stand alone soccer stadium and not shared with GVSU. Buying an USL championship expansion team isn't cheap ($13-$18m) from my quick google search and that doesn't include day to day costs. Unless the stadium is a civic gesture, there aren't many locals with the cash to run (in general) a cost negative operation. I'm team skeptical, but hope this works out. It'd be great for the region.
  6. https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/2022/08/sky-breaking-planned-for-residential-tower-bringing-high-end-apartments-condos-to-grand-rapids.html%3foutputType=amp Seems like it hasn't been downsized at all and interest is high. Looking forward to this project!
  7. I know this is anecdotal so it works against numbers based evidence but I still keep hearing about new kids in my children's school moving from out of state to MI. Curious to see how the trends play out.
  8. There's so many excellent local purveyors of coffee I don't see a need to go the celebrity route. (If Alton Brown did something) I'd be guilty and nibble. Great news regarding Soldadera, its great seeing local companies succeed.
  9. https://www.woodtv.com/news/grand-rapids/oregon-shoemaker-moving-to-downtown-grand-rapids/amp/ This seems good for DT. As much as I love DT Grand Rapids... seems strange to relocate from Portland. I've loved Portland every time I've visited, but haven't been since covid so not sure if things have changed. Per the MIBIZ article, getting venture capital was easier in the midwest. https://mibiz.com/sections/manufacturing/footwear-manufacturer-holo-relocating-from-west-coast-to-west-michigan
  10. I love speculation. The JW, I feel was a big development for GR. It elevated what guests could experience DT and i know many business travelers utilize that hotel exclusively. I can't believe it's 15 years old already. If it's in that vein perhaps a similar but larger development. Chicago announced a $500m Shed Aquariam expansion so if it's the aquarium then it'd need to be a massive amount to generate that kind of buzz. Any of these are good news, but to be a "game changer" vs just another hotel, building etc, would need to brings thousands of jobs/retail/activity to DT that doesn't already exist.
  11. https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.woodtv.com/news/grand-rapids/the-b-o-b-set-to-reopen-in-september/amp/ The BOB is reopening. I'm happy to see Dr Grins back, but overall i think its a missed opportunity. It was a fresh concept when it first opened but I feel this building needs a major revamp. Not sure if the footprint allows but something to liven it up like Lucky Strike, Hampton Social or even Hard Rock Cafe. Perhaps this is a temporary placeholder for future development.
  12. I've seen athletic beers t meijer and d&w as well. I feel like it's a growing segment of the industry.
  13. I stayed in DT Spokane a couple of weekends ago... there's more people in that one photo than I saw outside of buildings over an entire weekend. Not sure what your comparing GR too, but I feel like it's doing relatively well.
  14. Former Shiraz Grille to become Michigan’s first Mr. and Mrs. Crab Interesting this is the first Michigan location and only the second outside of Florida. Interesting we had three new seafood restaurants (Real Seafood Co, Beacn and this one). Seafood boom?
  15. Founders Brewing co-founder Mike Stevens stepping down as CEO More of the evolution of the Western Michigan beer scene. I think you'll see more NA/mocktails/ready to drink cocktails gain more market share. Hopefully, we can have some of the next generation of companies grow here in W MI as well.
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