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Letters 04-27-2015

Benishek’s Costly Tax Representative Dan Benishek announced in his latest bulletin a vote to repeal the “Death Tax.”

Unsafe In The Lanes As I drive a lot each workday, it is common to see a car carrier truck setting in the center turn lane in front of Fox Motors on US-31. The drivers unload cars for the dealerships along the road.

Message From Mother Earth At over 4 billion years old, I’ve been feeling my age. My lungs hurt, probably due to destruction of my forests, which act as my lungs. Why are you doing this?

Benishek And Income Disparity  I wrote a letter to Rep. Dan Benishek regarding economics and middle-class income stagnation and asked, “What are you going to do about this inequality that is stymying the general welfare of our citizens?”

The Value Of Unions As a retired, 40-year member of Sheet Metal Workers 80, a building trades union, I truly appreciated Stephen Tuttle’s “How Ironic” column.

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Monday, August 22, 2011

The Metro

Dining Ross Boissoneau The Metro blends Greek & Coney Traditions
By Ross Boisonneau
To paraphrase Dorothy, “We’re not in Arby’s anymore, Toto.”
That’s for sure. The former Arby’s at Chum’s Corners in Traverse City has
been transformed into The Metro, and about the only thing it shares with
its former resident is the building. But even that has been transformed,
to a more funky, urban vibe.
 
Monday, August 15, 2011

Xylo

Dining Ross Boissoneau It’s not often that death immediately confronts you when you enter a
restaurant.
But there it is, in the dessert case just inside the door at Xylo
Bistro/Cafe: Brownies to Die For.
Not that they’re really lethal or anything. But the huge, rich, flourless
brownie (“It’s more like fudge!” excitedly says waitress Jackie Kohl) is
ample evidence of Xylo’s commitment to creating interesting foodstuffs
that are a little off the beaten path.
 
Monday, August 8, 2011

Spaghetti Jim‘s

Dining Ross Boissoneau The name may be a bit misleading, as Jim Abfalter makes more than just pasta at his market and café. There’s gazpacho, caprese salad, grilled cheese, even Thai sesame peanut noodles.
But you can bet that at Spaghetti Jim’s, the pasta will be fresh and tasty.
Abfalter, his wife Ann, and their partner Laurie Fletcher are determined to take their creations to the next level at 1133B South Airport Rd., Traverse City, the former site of the Pizza Hut restaurant across the street from the Cherryland Centre.
“We make everything from hand here that we can,” said Ann. They also take pride in using as many local ingredients as possible.
And though they’ve only been open two months, they say business is good and getting better, as more and more people find out about the restaurant. “It gets better every week,” said Jim.
While they want to become as successful as they can, Fletcher and the Abfalters say they want to make sure the growth is controlled and they don’t get too big too soon.
“We’re kind of tucked away. We want to let people get really nice things at a nice price,” Jim said.
 
Monday, August 1, 2011

The Manitou

Dining Ross Boissoneau You never know when you’re going to run into a surprise.
Like in the middle of the woods between Empire and Frankfort on M-22.
Travel that stretch on a summer evening and you’ll come upon the Manitou
restaurant.
While the outside of the restaurant may look small, it’s spread out more
than you might think, with the result that the restaurant feels intimate,
not tiny. In fact, with the four cozy dining rooms and the patio, they can
seat around 100 diners at a time.
 
Monday, August 1, 2011

The Manitou

Dining Ross Boissoneau You never know when you’re going to run into a surprise.
Like in the middle of the woods between Empire and Frankfort on M-22.
Travel that stretch on a summer evening and you’ll come upon the Manitou
restaurant.
While the outside of the restaurant may look small, it’s spread out more
than you might think, with the result that the restaurant feels intimate,
not tiny. In fact, with the four cozy dining rooms and the patio, they can
seat around 100 diners at a time.
 
Monday, July 25, 2011

Making a Flap A dining tradition gets a makeover in TC

Dining Ross Boissoneau The Shack is back.
Shuttered last year, the Flap Jack Shack on US 31 in Traverse City across from Meijer reopened just over a month ago. And according to co-owner Scott Parkhurst, the reception from customers has been a very warm one.
“Every week has been bigger than the last,” said Parkhurst following a day’s busy lunchtime. “We’re really pleased.”
Not that anyone should be surprised at its success. Parkhurst and his partner Jeff Lobdell have established a solid track record, with several successful restaurants in both the Grand Rapids area and the Traverse City area. That includes the Omelette Shoppe restaurants in TC and Boone’s Prime Time Pub in Suttons Bay.
It was when the pair purchased the Omelette Shoppes six years ago that Parkhurst moved north. They had such success with the popular breakfast eateries they exported the concept to Grand Rapids, where they’ve since opened two more.
“It’s been very successful for us. We’re proud to grow the brand,” said Parkhurst.
 
Monday, July 11, 2011

Rico‘s of Manistee

Dining Ross Boissoneau It‘s all in the family for Rico‘s in Manistee
By Ross Boissoneau
From the outside, with its log exterior and rather low-slung appearance, Rico’s looks rather like an old roadhouse.
But inside, the restaurant on M-55 just northeast of Manistee is surprisingly bright, shiny and roomy. The warm, glowing wood, bright lights, and welcoming smiles make it clear that this is someplace you can relax and enjoy a meal.
That is a direct reflection of the attitude of owners Gary and Mary Diebel. They want to make sure their customers enjoy the area as much as they do.
Like so many others, after years of vacationing in the area, the Diebels longed to move north permanently. They lived in Ada and worked in Grand Rapids, but the lure of Northern Michigan was strong.
 
Monday, June 27, 2011

The Manor

Dining Ross Boissoneau The Manor. Sounds kind of stately, which it is. And kind of pretentious,
which it decidedly is not.
Overlooking Glen Lake beyond M-22, The Manor is both a testament to days
gone by and to today’s fine cuisine. A family heirloom, it looks toward
both the past and the future, with white table cloths and class, yes. But
there’s a decidedly welcoming, casual vibe to the place as well.
It starts with the setting among tall trees overlooking Little Glen Lake’s
southern shore. The porch, which runs the length of the restaurant, can
host drinks or dining.
 
Monday, June 20, 2011

Grand Traverse Pie

Dining Ross Boissoneau When Mike and Denise Busley announced plans to open a second Grand
Traverse Pie Company store in Traverse City, the reaction from most people
was twofold: That’s a great idea, but won’t it take sales away from their
existing store?
Mike Busley said they had the same thoughts, but thought the two were far
enough apart, with one on each end of downtown Front Street, that it would
work. And a month in, he said they are pleased with both the direction of
the store and the fact the existing location doesn’t seem to be
experiencing any downturn.
 
Monday, June 13, 2011

Port City Organics

Dining Ross Boissoneau Port City Organics:‘Real Food’ and a healthful message in Manistee
By Ross Boissoneau
If you’re looking for a magic potion, a fountain of youth, you’re pretty
much out of luck.
But if you’re looking for the best that man can currently offer in the way
of healthy foods, even massage or meditation, you’re in the right place.
That right place is Port City Organics Real Food Market & Wellness Center,
located at 321 1st Street in Manistee. There you’ll find organic and wild
foods and supplements, familiar names such as Food for Thought, Stone
House Bread, Pleasanton Brick Oven Bakery, Higher Grounds coffee.
“We call it a real food market – there’s no real definition of a natural
food or natural product,” said Joe Dumas, who along with his wife Lori
owns the operation.
 
Monday, June 13, 2011

Boone Docks

Dining Ross Boissoneau On Deck at the Boone Docks
By Ross Boissoneau
People in Glen Arbor know where to go for the action. And for twigs and a brush pile too.
Those are actually two of the items on the woodsy-themed menu at Boone Docks. If the twigs (toasted black bean spring rolls) or brush pile (French fries with bacon, cheese and tomatoes) aren’t for you, then maybe you’d prefer the battered bear toes (mozzarella sticks), or a pile of wood chips (a.k.a. nachos).
That woodsy theme extends to the décor, with knotty pine and stone predominant in the friendly, casual interior. 
And if you’re looking for live music and a lively atmosphere, then the exterior is the place to be. You can join the revelry from the deck nightly in the summer. 
“We’ve got live music every night,” said Boone Docks owner Bob Ewing, between serving drinks and watching out for the little ones scurrying around the deck.
That combination – lively music, festive food, and a family atmosphere – encapsulates Ewing’s philosophy. 
“We’re a fun, family restaurant,” Ewing said. “You look at the deck, and you’ll always have eight or ten kids running around. 
“Some places might not appreciate that, but that’s what we’re all about. In some restaurants, the kids get antsy. We love it.”
 
Monday, June 13, 2011

Summer Stages

Features Ross Boissoneau Summer Stages:What’s shaking ’round the region
By Ross Boissoneau
Theatre enthusiasts will have numerous options this summer, from
professional presentations to community theatre to student performances.

Williamsburg
The Williamsburg Showcase Dinner Theater, located on M-72 just east of
US-31 in Acme, hosts a performing troupe led by Dominic Fortuna. The three
different shows all boast a variety of songs from the ’60s through today.
Catering by Kelly’s provides the three-course meal, with your choice of
four entrees, while the audience is being entertained by the
singers/dancers/instrumentalists.
The shows run most Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. For a complete schedule
of the shows, as well as the menu or to
make reservations, contact the Williamsburg at (231) 938-2181 or go to
cateringbykellys.com.
 
Monday, May 23, 2011

Wishbones Coffee Shop & Cafe

Dining Ross Boissoneau Desperate times call for desperate measures.
That’s one way of looking at Wishbones, the coffeshop and café located smack dab in the middle of Cedar Creek Interiors furnishings and design store on Union Street.
Or you could look at it as a unique innovation, something that’s in vogue in some of the trend-setting areas of the country.
Kim Hooker says they’re both true.
“It’s something they’re doing in other places,” said Hooker, half the team at Cedar Creek Interiors, prior to the café’s opening. 
She also says that seeing other companies and stores going out of business locally and across the country gave them the impetus to try something different.
Hooker, an accredited designer, said she and her partner, owner Kevin Graves, were seeking a way to lend some new cachet to their store.
At the same time, Mark Fowler, one of the former principals at another local coffee shop, was looking for a new location. 
Opportunity, meet necessity. So Graves and Hooker began brainstorming with Fowler and his partner, Sarah Montgomery. “It’s about two couples who live together and work together – you’ve got to love that,” said Hooker.
 
Monday, May 16, 2011

Bungalow Inn

Dining Ross Boissoneau There’s no pretension at the Bungalow Inn. But if you’re looking for
service with a smile and excellent food – award-winning food, according to
various surveys – then you’re in the right place.
Owner Dave Gunia is justifiably proud of his restaurant. After
consistently winning awards from local publications, including Best Prime
Rib and Best Burgers from the Express, it’s easy to see why.
While the Bungalow Inn has been guarding Manistee’s southern border for 20
years, it didn’t start out as an award-winning restaurant. In fact, it
didn’t start out as a restaurant at all, but as a bar catering to
nightlife, with live music and DJs.
 
Monday, May 16, 2011

Thinking big with TED

Features Ross Boissoneau Ted is coming to Traverse City.
Make that TEDx. A daylong conference at Milliken Auditorium on Tuesday,
May 17, TEDx will feature speakers from across the spectrum making brief
presentations designed to inspire attendees.
That has been the goal of the entire TED initiative since it began in
1984. Originally focused on bridging Technology, Entertainment, and Design
– hence the name – its scope has become ever broader. Along with annual
conferences held in Long Beach and Palm Springs each spring, and the
TEDGlobal conference in Edinburgh, UK each summer, various TEDx one-day
events have sprung up across the globe.
Now it’s Traverse City’s turn.
 
 
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