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My Town: New restaurants to replace shuttered sports bar

My Town: New restaurants to replace shuttered sports bar

ALPINE TOWNSHIP, Mich.—A new set of restaurants will soon replaced a shuttered sports bar, plagued by police calls.

Gipper’s Sports Bar and Grille was auctioned off last year.  The bar lost its liquor license in January 2012, shortly after two shootings within three months at the bar.

My Town: Sams Joint restaurants closing; memorabilia auctions planned

My Town: Sams Joint restaurants closing; memorabilia auctions planned

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—The owner of Sams Joint restaurant is closing his remaining restaurants.

Sam Bravata plans to auction off all of the vintage and collectable items that decorate the four restaurants online, beginning Tuesday, March 25.  The first auction on Orbitbid.com will feature more than 600 items from the Sam’s Joint in Coopersville.  Subsequent online auctions will include memorabilia from the Middleville, Plainwell and Norton Shores restaurants.

Bravata opened the first of his nine Sam’s Joint restaurants in Caledonia in 1977.  The collectibles he used to decorate each restaurant came from all around the state of Michigan.

My Town: Muskegon instructor wins pastry chef of the year

My Town: Muskegon instructor wins pastry chef of the year

MUSKEGON, Mich.--  Baker College of Muskegon is home to the pastry chef of the year in the 2014 Great Lakes Regional Masterpiece Chocolate-Pastry Competition.

This is the second consecutive year Justin Raha has won the honor.  Raha is an instructor at Baker’s Culinary Institute of Michigan.  He’s also the owner and executive pastry chef of Grand Finale Desserts & Pastries in Grand Haven.

All competitors had to create a chocolate display piece, a chocolate anniversary cake and plate presentation and a petite four presentation with eight bonbons, in honor of the event’s 25th anniversary.

My Town Muskegon: Applebee's celebrates grand re-opening with donation to Kids' Food Basket

My Town Muskegon: Applebee's celebrates grand re-opening with donation to Kids' Food Basket

MUSKEGON, Mich.—A newly-renovated Applebee’s restaurant celebrated its grand re-opening Tuesday, Feb. 18 by helping hungry children.

During the ribbon cutting event, the restaurant located at 1825 E. Sherman Blvd. presented a check for $5,573.22 to Kids' Food Basket.  The donation marks nearly $35,000 Team Schostak Family Restaurants has donated to non-profit organizations throughout West Michigan.

“We’re so excited to be here on the lakeshore now and we’re serving two schools- almost 600 students a day,” says Kids’ Food Basket Executive Director Bridget Clark-Whitney. “This kind of donation is going to provide over 5,500 meals to kids right here in the community. Every dollar means a meal and every meal means a time that a child isn’t going to bed hungry and that child is able to get up, go to school and learn right here in Muskegon County.”

Restaurant employee accused of stealing customer credit card information

Restaurant employee accused of stealing customer credit card information

FRUITPORT TOWNSHIP, Mich.—A Taco Bell employee will face charges for using a customer’s credit card information to make purchases throughout the Muskegon County area.

On Jan. 10, officers say the suspect was working the drive through window at the Fruitport Township Taco Bell at 5425 Blueberry Lane when they took a customer’s credit card and copied down the information on it.  The employee then returned the card to the customer.

Police say the suspect presented a faulty credit card at businesses.  When the card was declined, the suspect would offer to call the credit card company to straighten things out.  The suspect would then present the handwritten account number, saying the credit card company provided that information to complete the transaction.

The Taco Bell customer saw the suspicious transactions listed on their account and contacted police, who tracked the crimes to the employee.

Local restaurants serve up free meals to veterans November 11

Local restaurants serve up free meals to veterans November 11

Some West Michigan restaurants are honoring miliatry members  this Veterans Day by serving up free meals.

Lakeshore Partnership is also offering a free meal to veterans at 19 of its local McDonald’s restaurants.  Military identification is preferred, but not required.  Participating locations include:

UPDATE: West Ottawa celebrates 'Spirit Bracket Challenge' victory

UPDATE: West Ottawa celebrates 'Spirit Bracket Challenge' victory

HOLLAND, Mich.-- Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar will reward the winner of its “Spirit Bracket Challenge” November 5.

The restaurant organized the friendly fundraising competition as a way to promote school spirit while helping a dozen local schools raise money for classroom supplies and school activities.

Kenowa Hills 6th grade/Alpine Elementary and West Ottawa High School were the last two competitors standing, besting ten other schools in the Teriyaki 12 and Spicy 6 fundraising rounds.  In the end, West Ottawa won the Flamin’ Finals.  In addition to the funds students raised throughout the competition, West Ottawa will get an additional $2,500 from Buffalo Wild Wings.  The school will be rewarded with a special check during its celebratory pep rally Tuesday, November 5.

“We were so lucky to have 12 upbeat and enthusiastic schools compete in th