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Next For Brownfields In regard to your recent piece on brownfield redevelopment in TC, the Randolph Street project appears to be proceeding without receiving its requested $600k in brownfield funding from the county. In response to this, the mayor is quoted as saying that the developer bought the property prior to performing an environmental assessment and had little choice but to now build it...

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What Is Far Left? Columnist Steve Tuttle, who so many lambaste as a liberal, considers Sen. Sanders a far out liberal “nearly invisible from the middle.” Has the middle really shifted that far right? Sanders has opposed endless war and the Patriot Act. Does Mr. Tuttle believe most of our citizens praise our wars and the positive results we have achieved from them? Is supporting endless war or giving up our civil liberties middle of the road...

Parking Corrected Stephen Tuttle commented on parking in the July 13 Northern Express. As Director of the Traverse City Downtown Development Authority, I feel compelled to address a couple key issues. But first, I acknowledge that  there is some consternation about parking downtown. As more people come downtown served by less parking, the pressure on what parking we have increases. Downtown serves a county with a population of 90,000 and plays host to over three million visitors annually...

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Best Desserts

Water Street Cafe

- March 26th, 2012  
BEST DESSERTS

Boyne - Charlevoix

Opened in July of 2004, the in Boyne City was founded by Val and Larry Glasgow, native Michiganders with an extensive history in food service, including a popular downstate bakery.

The Glasgows originally intended to move Up North and, as Larry Glasgow puts it, “shift into low gear” - but their realtor persuaded them to fill what he called a restaurant void.

“When we relocated to Boyne City, we kept hearing that what Boyne really needed was a certain type of restaurant,” Val Glasgow says.

CASUAL UPSCALE

That restaurant - “decidedly Italian-inspired, from my family heritage,” Val Glasgow explains - was at first intended to be a small, low-key sandwich and coffee shop.

“But we quickly grew a loyal customer base who wanted more,” Larry Glasgow says. “Before we knew it, we were serving breakfasts, dinner specials, pastries, pizzas, and catering.

We’re giving Boyne City a place that’s classy without an attitude, yet comfortable without feeling like a diner.”

Val Glasgow calls Water Street Cafe’s ambiance “casual upscale dining with Old World charm,” and says that they’ve become especially well-known for their unique soups and desserts.

“We love out-of-the-box ideas,” she enthuses.

NEW FAVORITES

Those ideas include trying to fulfill food requests from customers who reminisce about old family favorite recipes, or other foods that evoke happy memories.

“One of our most popular items is our Maurice Salad, a re-creation of the popular salad from the restaurant at Hudson’s department store years and years ago,” Val Glasgow says. “We also have several signature dishes: our Eggs Benedict, our Cappuchocolatte and our Parmesan-Encrusted Walleye are perpetual best-sellers.”

Sometimes, she laughs, it’s difficult to get people to try new things, because the first thing they try becomes their favorite, and they don’t want to branch out after that. She and Larry even have menu items they look forward to a little more than others.

“It’s difficult to choose a favorite, because we eat there every day, and it really depends on what we’re in the mood for that day,” Larry Glasgow says. “Since we do daily specials, often those are our current ‘favorites,’ since we’re making what we’re in the mood for!

“But I love our slider burgers,” he continues, “we feature different types each week.”

Mrs. Glasgow, on the other hand, is a self-proclaimed “soup-a-holic” - “I get excited about creating new ones,” she says.

Daughter Kristin is reportedly a fan of the Cajun Burger, and every time son Michael is in town, his big “guilty indulgence” is the Stuffed Hash Brown at breakfast.

TIME FOR FRIENDS

Both Glasglows run the restaurant themselves, and are generally on-site any time it’s open. It’s most definitely a family business, too - daughter Kristin is on staff as a waitress (and parttime singer) and son Michael helps with graphic design.

“We all do everything, from cooking and cleaning to front of the house and administration, to prep work, to line work - we have a terrific staff that’s become a family over the years, as have many of our customers,” Val Glasgow says.

“We believe our success is because we’re invested in our customers, and give them the type of attention, food, and service we want when we go somewhere to dine,” Larry Glasgow says.

“In fact,” continues Val Glasgow, “our motto is ’where the only difference between strangers and friends is time.’”

The Water Street Cafe is located at 113 Water Street in downtown Boyne City, telephone 231-582-9929.

 
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