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  1. Yeah, I stopped by a couple weeks ago. Here are some photos: My Bar & Grill
  2. I heard that it was opening late '08, early '09. It's not too specific, but Chipotle is apparently planning on a grand opening and media blitz, so you can't miss it when it does open.
  3. Shameless plug for haunted houses and Halloween events around Grand Rapids: http://www.grnow.com/index.php?option=com_...iew&id=1597. I think there are just under 20 haunted attractions listed and over 50 parties at the moment. With Halloween falling on a Friday this year, most of the big bars like The B.O.B. are having 4 nights in a row of costume parties.
  4. Yes, I just received word that a coffee shop called MadCap will be opening up. Here's what they submitted as their GRNow listing: http://www.grnow.com/index.php?option=com_...mp;link_id=3710 They hope to open in October.
  5. I think he talked about doing this 2 or 3 years ago. My impression was that the Gilmore Collection couldn't come up with financing for the project at that time because they stretched themselves too thin building Blue Water Grill and remodeling Mangiamo! plus opening Red Ball. How much of that is true though, I'm not sure. Hopefully it'll come together this time.
  6. Not sure if this was mentioned elsewhere, but a new place called Johnny's Lunch is moving into the old Olive Express location: Johnny's Lunch website They have quite a few locations on the east side Michigan and also New York and Ohio. The menu is hot dogs and burgers, similar to Johnny Rockets. I wonder why they chose to be located next to The Dog Pit.
  7. Has anyone on UP mentioned the new building going in two lots down from The Meanwhile? It's going for LEED certified status and will house a new restaurant called The Electric Cheetah.
  8. A new retro diner opened on Plainfield, just north of Knapp, called Pilar's (in the former Bobby J's location). They have breakfast all day, classic American dishes, Mexican dishes and an ice cream counter. It's also attached to a candy shop. Prices are pretty reasonable; maybe $8 per person for lunch or dinner.
  9. You might want to try flying through Milwaukee on Midwest Airlines. It's a pretty easy airport to navigate and less crowded. All the flights over here are on the small planes also, but they do have 4 or 5 flights per day between MKE and GRR so they might be less full.
  10. Go Java has opened up in the former Hava Java location at 15 Ionia. They have mostly coffee with a few baked items like bagels. Most the lattes seem pretty well priced, under $3 for a small or medium I think.
  11. It should be at least a boost. Hopefully the City of GR will renovate that plaza between Comerica Bank and Founders Trust. If you walk directly straight from the entrance of the JW Marriot toward Z's, you enter that plaza, which basically points directly to the Rosa Parks Circle and the Museum entrance. It would be great to attract the guests at the JW and impress them once again with the GRAM.
  12. That's exactly correct and was part of the reasoning behind that design. When standing in the back of the lecture area, you can see Rosa Parks Circle from there. It's interesting to see the contrast in shapes between the two locations; the GRAM is almost all corners, angles, squares, etc and nearly everything about Rosa Parks is curved. They work well together though.
  13. A few photos from the inside: This is the main lecture area; the ceiling simulates the night sky on the summer solstice. Here's a look over the fountain. The water is collected from past rains and stored in three giant cisterns located below the museum. The water in the cisterns is also used for plant irrigation and toilets. This is the main staircase leading from the second floor to the third. The steps are also actually covered in hardwood. GRAM has five floors total; three above ground and two below. A look at the cafe; entrance to the ca
  14. I wonder what happened. It doesn't look in the picture like there are any tire tracks.
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