Happy Hour

A weekly snapshot of Happy Hours around the region…


FireFly
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

Fred's
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.

MONEY'S PLATTE RIVER INN:
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.

BC LANES FAMILY ENTERTAIMENT CENTER:
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.

CHINA ONE:
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.

A&W:
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.

BIG BUCK BREWERY & STEAKHOUSE:
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.

THE NEW YORK RESTAURANT:
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.

EMPIRE VILLAGE INN: 
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.

JESPERSON'S:
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.
 
CUPPA JOE:
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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Tastemakers:Dylan‘s Candy Bar/Ole George Whiskey Grand Travers Distillery

Rick Coates - November 1st, 2010
Dylan’s Candy Bar
Dylan’s Candy Bar, the newest store in the Gallery of Shops at Grand Traverse Resort & Spa in Traverse City, opened this week. Created by CEO Dylan Lauren, the daughter of fashion icon Ralph Lauren and photographer and author Ricky Lauren.
The first Dylan’s Candy Bar opened in 2001 but the concept for the candy emporium began on Dylan Lauren’s fifth birthday. “I went to see a showing of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory,” said Lauren. “I was so awed by the candy land of Willy Wonka’s factory that it inspired me at that moment to open a candy store.
During college, Lauren traveled Europe studying art, fashion and sampling the best candies along the way. She took notes and Dylan’s Candy Bar combines her love of candy and passion for art, music and fashion to create gifts for “kids” of all ages.
“In America, 65% of all candy consumed is by people over 18, so this store will have something for everyone, ” said Lauren. “I have locations in New York City, East Hampton, Orlando and Houston and I am looking forward to having our next location in Traverse City at the Grand Resort.”
The 1,300-square foot store in the Resort’s Gallery of Shops will feature the signature colors of turquoise and pink along with an 18-foot chocolate wall - loaded with bulk and packaged chocolate. It will feature three seven-foot-tall lollipop trees, each with 200 lollipops in a variety of flavors and colors; an eight-foot tall chocolate bar tree with over 700 of Dylan’s signature chocolate bars; and an assortment of candy-inspired apparel, souvenirs, and gifts.
The Resort is planning a grand opening on November 20 that will include a “Sweet-Stakes” drawing to win an overnight stay in a “Sweet Suite” at the Resort; no purchase necessary. Further details will be announced soon, but Dylan’s Candy Bar is open for business and additional information is available at www.grandtraverseresort.com or call 800.236.1577 --Rick Coates

Ole George Whiskey Grand Traverse Distillery
Since opening the Grand Traverse Distillery five years ago, Kent Rabish has focused on vodka making. Utilizing rye grown in Northern Michigan, Grand Traverse Distillery True North Vodka has won over many top-shelf vodka consumers. It continues to win honors at tasting competitions and most recently Wine Enthusiast Magazine rated True North Vodka one of the “Top 50 Spirits” in the world along with designating it in the “Top 6 Vodkas” in the world.
With state of the art distilling equipment Rabish also had his sights on making whiskey. He has accomplished that goal by releasing Ole George 100% Straight Rye Whiskey earlier this year.
Because his first batch of whiskey was limited in quantity it is only available for purchase at his distillery. “We kept the initial production to a minimum to see consumer response,” said Rabish. “The response has been overwhelming so we have a second batch in production and next year we will have enough to send to our distributors.”
Ole George Whiskey is distilled from a 100% rye mash and is bottled at 93 proof. This is a traditional: prior to prohibition, Americans drank rye whiskey. The uniqueness of rye is that it imparts a spicy flavor. Ole George Whiskey is bottled straight from the barrel and unlike other mass-produced whiskey, Grand Traverse Distillery does not chill filter as chill filtering can remove flavor from the whiskey.
Ole George Whiskey is a smooth sipping whiskey that is best enjoyed with a couple of ice cubes added to the glass. Rabish and his team have come up with another winner with their Ole George Whiskey and have proven that Tennessee and Kentucky do not have a corner on the market when it comes to great whiskey. Grand Traverse Distillery is open for tours and tasting on Thursday and Friday from noon to 5 pm and Saturday from 11 am to 4 pm. They will also take appointments for larger groups on other days. Grand Traverse Distillery is located at 781 Industrial Circle, Suite 5 (off of Three Mile Road) in Traverse City. For more information go to www.grandtraversedistillery.com or call them at 231.947.8635. --Rick Coates
 
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