Happy Hour

A weekly snapshot of Happy Hours around the region…

Everyday, open-7 p.m., $1.75 highballs, $2.50 house chardonnay, $2.00 drafts, $1.00 off everything else.
310 Cass St., Traverse City

Sunday-Thursday, 3-6 p.m., $1 off all drinks.
422 North 5th St., Roscommon

Lulu's Bistro
Thursdays, 5-9 p.m., $3 wells, $2 off drafts, select $5 wines.
213 N. Bridge St., Bellaire

Boyne River Inn
Everyday, 3-6 p.m., 1/4 off drinks.
229 Water St., Boyne City
Rendezvous Lounge, Odawa Casino
Thursday & Friday, $2.25 domestic drafts, $3.25 well drinks, $3.25 house wine.
1760 Lears Rd., Petoskey

Choice Bits!

Round-the-region snapshots of the dining scene. 

RUTHIE'S CHICKEN & DAIRY TWIST: Roasted chicken and ice cream, malts and shakes.
201 N. Bridge Ln., Bellaire. 213­-533­-8538.

Practically an Up North institution, the place to find out the latest fishing or snowmobile news from the locals and visitors who gather for their hearty breakfasts, steaks, burgers, soup & salad bar, & homemade desserts.
10921 Main St., Honor. 231­ 352­6585.

When you've worked up an appetite from all the bowling and karaoke that Boyne City Lanes has to offer, you'll find a selection of hearty fare to choose from, including homemade soups & desserts. Cocktails are served at the Lanes,with live entertainment and glow ­bowling nights.
1199 West Boyne Road, 231-­582­-6353.

Open 7 days a week for lunch & dinner. Full Chinese menu, as well as Hunan & Szechuan entrees.  Daily specials, special combination plates,  a lunch & dinner All You Can Eat Buffet. 
616 S. Mitchell St., Cadillac, 231­-876­-8888.

Take a trip back to the '50s where chili dogs & frosted mugs of root beer are still served up by carhops at this All ­American institution. Elvis has been known to make an appearance during their annual summer “A&W Cruise Night” in August, as do cars from the 50’s and 60’s that we remember well.
At the bottom of the hill, 21 Lake St., Frankfort,  231-­352-­9021.

From Antler Ale to Wolverine Wheat, Big Buck specializes in microbrewed beers. Offering the usual beef and buffalo burgers, steaks, and ribs, plus more unusual fare, like their portabella sandwich with red onion marmalade and provolone cheese.
550 S. Wisconsin Avenue, Gaylord, 989­-732-­5781.

A refined atmosphere, subdued lighting, and an appetizing selection of epicurean treats awaits the diner at this Harbor Springs corner landmark. Menu selections range from their smoked whitefish ravioli appetizer to their Atlantic salmon, baked polenta and eggplant, tomato basil fettuccine, or filet mignon ­ and their brunches include one of the best versions of Eggs Benedict around.
101 State Street, downtown across from Bar Harbor, 231­-526-­1904.

Pool tables, a full bar, friendly service and a varied menu make the Village Inn popular with families and locals.  Dinners include Lamb Skewers, Blue Corn Enchiladas, Charbroiled Whitefish, Lasagna and Ribeye.  Also burgers, sandwiches, salads, appetizers and pizza.  Lunch and Dinner.
Just north of the blinking light 116601 Lacorre Ave. on M­22,  Empire. 231-326­-5101.

One of Petoskey's first restaurants, Jesperson's is famous for homemade pies and fresh turkey. Breakfast and lunch.
312 Howard, Petoskey, 231­-347­-3601.
Located in Building 50, grilled panini's, soups, wraps, baked goods, specialty coffees and teas.
1200 W. 11th St., Traverse City, 231-­947­-7740.

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Al Fresco Dining at Cuppa Joe

Al Parker - June 23rd, 2008
Coffeehouse owner and restaurateur Shayne Daley says he has no plans to become another Starbucks.
“Five (locations) is enough,” he stresses with a laugh. “We’re keeping busy.”
Daley and his wife Sandi opened Cuppa Joe, a popular drive-through java joint at the corner of Front and Garfield in Traverse City in 2000. They followed up with Another Cuppa Joe, a relaxing coffeehouse at Building 50. Soon after came Cuppa Joe sites at Cherry Capital Airport and inside Horizon Books in Traverse City’s downtown.
Now the Daleys have opened their fifth location, Cuppa Joe Warehouse Lounge on Garland in the city’s most dynamic neighborhood, the Warehouse District.
Shayne and Sandi have turned a vacant former warehouse into a warm and inviting bistro that still retains an industrial vibe. For those seeking a casual experience, there are several stuffed chairs that invite guests to relax, maybe with a coffee, a good book or a magazine.
For serious eaters, there are dozens of tables and chairs to provide a relaxing, low-key ambience to enjoy a meal. Several comfy conversation areas dot the 2,500-square foot area. For those who prefer dining al fresco, there’s a roomy courtyard.
“The Warehouse Lounge is much more than a coffee house—in essence it’s a small plate restaurant,” explains Shayne. “We’re taking the comfortable, casual atmosphere of a coffeehouse, giving it a sense of modernity and combining it with outstanding food.”

The Warehouse Lounge’s small, but interesting menu features such seldom seen salads as nicoise, with tuna, eggs, potato, tomato, green beans, red onions, olives, capers and complemented with a tasty mustard vinaigrette dressing; or chicken tabouli, a middle eastern grain
salad made with bulgur wheat, green

onion, tomato, cucumber, olive oil, and lemon juice, served with a skewer of
chicken and pita bread.
Sandwich lovers will want to try the hearty roast beef with brie. Or the ratatouille, with its roasted eggplant, zucchini, red onion, fresh mozzarella, topped with tomato basil sauce. Both are served on fresh baguettes.
There’s an international flair to the entrees, which include such middle eastern favorites as falafel, grilled lamb or chicken kabobs, and a mezzo tray with hummus, baba ghannouj and labneh, served with fresh veggies and pita chips.
From Spain comes a sizzling shrimp dish featuring six shrimp sautéed in chilies, garlic and olive oil and served with a crusty French bread. Vietnamese spring rolls, Thai tofu and bean curry, pork on lemongrass, fried calamari and baja fish tacos are among the other eclectic offerings.
“Our menu is designed to change seasonally,” explained Shayne. “In the fall we may go heavily on a European cuisine. Whatever we choose, it will be top quality and tasty.”
In all of their operations, the Daleys have stressed consistency, quality and customer service. That’ll be no different at the Warehouse Lounge, which is being managed by Jeremie Torok.
“People know us for the quality and care we put in our coffee products,” said Daley. “Now they’ll know we put the same into the Warehouse Lounge.”

In addition to the food, Daley has plans for several activities at the Warehouse Lounge. Live entertainment is on the agenda, along with some movie ideas, including film nights that might feature anything from current indie flicks, to film noir to Kurosawa, one of Daley’s personal favorites.
“We’ll put up a canvas outside and show films,” he said. “We want to foster a creative, alternative energy here with our activities.”
He foresees visits from local filmmakers or tattoo artists. Perhaps a TV Dinner Night, where they feature “really bad TV movies and really good TV dinners.”
Shayne’s also encouraging area entertainers to contact him about performing on the Warehouse Lounge stage.
“There are a lot of entertainment choices in the area,” he said. “When people are deciding what to do for their evening, we want to be in their top three.”
Neither Sandi or Shayne come from a restaurant background, but both love food, especially coffee. Shayne served for nine years in the U.S. Army, including four years in Germany. That offered a perfect opportunity for Sandi and Shayne to explore bistros and coffeehouses across Europe. They saw things they liked and kept mental notes for the time they might open a place of their own.
Along with neighbors like InsideOut Gallery, Right Brain Brewery, Salon Saloon, Organic Eatery and Red Dresser, the Warehouse Lounge is bringing a sense of creative energy to Traverse City’s revitalized Warehouse District.
Still, many Northern Michigan residents remain unaware of the district’s growing, vibrant character.
“We’re hoping to create a synergy down here where we are all about complementing each other,” said Shayne. “We’re out to build something that is a whole greater than the sum of its parts.”

Cuppa Joe Warehouse Lounge is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday; Friday and Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Call-in orders are welcome at (231) 421-1945.
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