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Wow, that's a surprise! :( Many people will be sad about that, as Maggie's was the winner of numerous awards.

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La Flor on Eastern and Burton is out and the sign says that "El Chisme" is in - don't know when, though.

There are a couple of El Chisme's in the Chicago area, but I don't know if this is part of a chain or what. Hope not...

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Corner of Fulton and Ionia - not sure if this has been posted about already or not - but there is going to be a sports bar going in at this location that's been empty for so long. Couldn't get an opening date or even a name out of the nice guy who was in and out of there yesterday afternoon. He would only say that it was going to be "pretty sweet."

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Corner of Fulton and Ionia - not sure if this has been posted about already or not - but there is going to be a sports bar going in at this location that's been empty for so long. Couldn't get an opening date or even a name out of the nice guy who was in and out of there yesterday afternoon. He would only say that it was going to be "pretty sweet."

gvsu sean ... is this a BW3??

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gvsu sean ... is this a BW3??

I am moving downtown in June, this would be the greatest thing ever! While I love local bars, I think a BW3 right there would bring in a ton of foot traffic. I'm from the Detroit area, and when a BW3 came to downtown Ferndale, it about doubled the amount of foot traffic down there (in my estimation).

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gvsu sean ... is this a BW3??

I don't think so. I thought I heard/read it was someone out of Kalamazoo that has been working on it for a looooong time (evident by the signs that have been in the window for ages).

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gvsu sean ... is this a BW3??

Not that I have heard of.. I heard it's supposed to be another "Irish Themed" sports bar.. aka.. McFaddenesque on game days...

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I don't think so. I thought I heard/read it was someone out of Kalamazoo that has been working on it for a looooong time (evident by the signs that have been in the window for ages).

I think the Kalamazoo guys are at the corner of Louis and Ionia in the ground floor of the Trade Center Bldg. Maybe they moved to another spot, who knows.

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1 Ionia is going to be some kind of restaurant, because they were looking for approval not long ago to add a big vent on the roof, that would be visible from the arena. I can't remember if it was the planning, zoning or city commission.

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It looks like Marado Sushi will be getting a liquor license in the next couple months.

Awesome. Now, they have to get another Sushi chef in there. That guy works fast, but you still wait a looooooong time for you meal. Still, it's worth it.

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As for BW's I've talked to a wife of a certain owner of this states' frachise owner of BW's and was told that...

... that WHAT!!!??? You can't leave that hanging out there, what's up????

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... that WHAT!!!??? You can't leave that hanging out there, what's up????

GVSUSean says he has talked to the wife of the owner of the Michigan BW3s and they are in-fact going to put one downtown GR.

I think that's what he's alluding to.

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GVSUSean says he has talked to the wife of the owner of the Michigan BW3s and they are in-fact going to put one downtown GR.

I think that's what he's alluding to.

At Festival of the Arts, BW3's sponsored the United Methodist Community House's food booth by providing at least the paper holders for the wings and also had a BW3's employee down there much of the time. While I was at Festival, someone suggested that maybe they thought this is how BW3's is breaking into the downtown market. Personally, I haven't seen or heard of a company sponsoring a food booth like that at before at Festival, since they're all run by non-profits, and I'm not sure that I approve of their method.

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Awesome. Now, they have to get another Sushi chef in there. That guy works fast, but you still wait a looooooong time for you meal. Still, it's worth it.

Does anyone know how that place is going, business-wise? I've been there a few times, and its always pretty empty.

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Does anyone know how that place is going, business-wise? I've been there a few times, and its always pretty empty.

I'm there about every two weeks, and there's usually quite a few other people in there, even on weeknights. And service has only been slow one time I was there, it was a Saturday evening and they were really really busy.

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Shogun at 28th and Breton has a "BYOB" license. When I have gone there with friends, we have brought beer and sake in coolers to drink with our meals.

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Are you sure they have a license for it or they just allow it?

I'm 99.9% sure that the State of Michigan doesn't allow BYOB licenses. If Shogun does, its probably on the down low. I wish more places did that, I would probably spend more on the food and more on tip if I wasn't paying $9 per glass of wine, that I can buy at Martha's for $11 per bottle.

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I'm 99.9% sure that the State of Michigan doesn't allow BYOB licenses. If Shogun does, its probably on the down low. I wish more places did that, I would probably spend more on the food and more on tip if I wasn't paying $9 per glass of wine, that I can buy at Martha's for $11 per bottle.

BYOB not allowed in MI http://www.michigan.gov/cis/0,1607,7-154-1...99198--,00.html

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All I know is that you can bring the goods in, and they will supply you with cups, glasses and even a wine opener if needed, but they will not go anywhere near the booze. The customers have to take care of all of the serving.

I hope they weren't on the down low. If so, I just ruined everything. :scared:

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