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My Town Kentwood: Arnie's auctions off equipment ahead of restaurant move

My Town Kentwood: Arnie's auctions off equipment ahead of restaurant move

KENTWOOD, Mich.—  Arnie’s is auctioning off its equipment Tuesday, as it prepares to move from its site in front of Centerpointe Mall  into the former home of Newk’s Express Café, just north of 28th Street off East Beltline.

The online auction will run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 13 on Orbitbid.com.  Interested shoppers can also visit the former Menard’s building in Centerpoint Mall to post their online bid.  To see the entire list of items up for auction, click here.

My Town: Culver's to donate a portion of sales to Honor Flight

My Town: Culver's to donate a portion of sales to Honor Flight

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—A group of local restaurants are joining the effort to ensure veterans get a chance to see their war memorials in our nation’s capitol.

Seven area Culver’s restaurants will host fundraisers Tuesday, May 20 for the Honor Flight Network, a nonprofit group that transports veterans to the national monuments.  Ten percent of sales on May 20 will go toward the effort.

“We’re happy for the opportunity to support the Honor Flight network and we hope our guests will too,” says Craig Culver, co-founder of the restaurant chain. “Men and women who put their lives on the line to protect our freedom are true heroes,” added Culver.

Participating restaurants are:

My Town: Kent County Health Department names 2014 Food Safety Award winners

My Town: Kent County Health Department names 2014 Food Safety Award winners

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—If you’re looking for a clean, safe place to dine out this weekend, the Kent County Health Department has some suggestions- 471 of them, actually.

The KCHD recently announced the winners of its 2nd annual Food Safety Awards.  This year’s 471 winners were selected from more than 1700 licensed facilities that were inspected through 2013.    To qualify, each establishment had to meet the following criteria:

My Town: Bartenders compete for hunger relief

My Town: Bartenders compete for hunger relief

KENTWOOD, Mich.—TGI Fridays in Kentwood will be transformed into a drink-mixing Mecca next week, all for a good cause.

The restaurant, located at 3345 28th Street, is hosting a bartending competition for hunger relief.  Mixologists will show off their skills, pouring specialty drinks to guests.  Patrons can also take part in an auction, with proceeds benefitting the Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank, based in Comstock Park.  DJ Sean Boney will be mixing the music for the event, which begins at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 11.

My Town Walker: IHOP to serve up free pancakes March 4

My Town Walker: IHOP to serve up free pancakes March 4

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.—Skip firing up your skillet Tuesday, March 4 and head to your closest IHOP for free pancakes.

Participating IHOP restaurants will be serving up a free short stack of buttermilk pancakes in honor of National Pancake Day.   The deal will be good from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. 

In exchange for free pancakes, customers are encouraged to donate to support Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, Shriners Hospitals for Children and other local charities.

"Our guests, our franchisees, their team members, and all of us at IHOP- look forward to National Pancake Day every year. Knowing that every free stack of buttermilk pancakes has the potential to improve the lives of the children in their own community makes serving them and eating them even more enjoyable than usual,” said Julia Stewart, Interim President, International House of Pancakes, LLC and CEO of the parent company, DineEquity, Inc.

My Town Kentwood: Get a 'Taste of Kentwood' March 6

My Town Kentwood:  Get a 'Taste of Kentwood' March 6

KENTWOOD, Mich.—Fill your plate and stomach Thursday, March 6 when Taste of Kentwood returns for its 12th year.

Ticketholders can sample food from a variety of Kentwood area restaurants, including Boardwalk Subs, Jet’s Pizza, On the Border, Tim Hortons, Zoup, Peppino’s, Russo’s, and Smashburger.  There will also be a variety of items up for bid in a silent auction.

Tickets are $5 per person and available at the Kentwood Parks and Recreation Department, located at 355 48th Street, and the treasurer’s office at Kentwood City Hall, located at 4900 Breton.   For more information, call (616) 656-5270 or visit www.yourkprd.org

Ford Airport ranks among best in the world

Ford Airport ranks among best in the world

KENTWOOD, Mich.—West Michigan is home to one of the top five best airports in the world.

The Airports Council International ranked the Gerald R. Ford International Airport fifth among airports that serve 2 million to 5 million passengers a year.  The rankings are based on passenger reviews of security, amenities and customer service.

“Customer service is a top priority for our entire team at the Gerald R.