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    Skyline coastal

    In an open-air ode to leisure dining as seen in seaside towns along the Iberian Coast, the makers of renowned Chicago destinations like The Violet Hour, Big Star, and The Publican, have launched a new rooftop bar concept offering sweeping views of the Chicago skyline, and a relaxed interpretation of the outdoor cervecerías signature to Spanish and Portuguese coasts. Bar avec is located on the eighth floor of avec’s newly opened avec River North restaurant, and the pair are the newest additions to the award-winning portfolio of One Off Hospitality Group, a hospitality and restaurant management company in Chicago. One Off Hospitality’s portfolio also comprises avec West Loop in Chicago’s…

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    Design for Sale: Charlevoix Vineyard

    Just miles from the active downtown shopping and dining district in Charlevoix, Michigan, a charming two-bedroom, 1.5-bathroom vineyard property fitted with a turn-key winery operation rests on 13 rolling acres of beautiful Northern Michigan land. Established in 2007, the commercially licensed winery produces small batch wines from estate grown grapes and is certified with the Michigan Agricultural Environmental Assurance Program, making it a rare opportunity for new owners to take their passion for wine to the next level. The property is listed at $749,000 with Pat O’Brien and Associates Real Estate, a Boyne City and Charlevoix-based real estate brokerage firm specializing in Northern Michigan’s luxury, residential, lakefront, and commercial properties.…

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    MDRD in cityscape

    The skyline in Grand Rapids, Michigan could be considered one of the most changed in the Midwest, with development projects and creative moments of design found around most corners of the downtown core, which spreads along western Michigan’s Grand River. It is a burgeoning travel destination with a bent for hospitality, with several recent hotel projects hosted in hospitality families like Marriott and Hilton. Its flair for hosting the regional and international traveler uniquely pairs with the city’s intimate, mid-sized metropolitan feel and unique dining destinations that harness flavor profiles from traditional and Louisiana-style French cuisine to Asian fusion and Japanese eateries, and jovial tapas bars. In 2020, one of…

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    Barbershop lounge

    “There is a lot of same-old-same-old in the world and differentiating yourself to really make sure you are answering questions for your guests or customers that aren’t even asked—that you have thought through it—design is everything about that,” said James Geier, founder and president of 555 International in Chicago. “Answer the questions before they are asked and when somebody walks in they know it is a good, rich environment that has been pulled together for the right reasons, not just all these miscellaneous ideas.” 555 International is an award-winning global interior design, development, and fabrication firm specializing in the commercial, retail, and hospitality industries. For more than three decades, the…

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    Walloon Lake warmth

    The village of Walloon Lake, tucked near Lake Michigan’s Little Traverse Bay, has roots in northern Michigan’s tourism industry that date back to the late 1800s. It is still a getaway destination for those seeking a quaint and picturesque reprieve alongside multi-seasonal outdoor adventure and this is credited in part to the Hotel Walloon. The lakefront boutique hotel continues to be a centerpiece among the developing village, gaining accolades along the way, such as its status as the only privately owned, AAA Four Diamond awarded resort in northern Michigan and, recently, a 2019 Travel Award for Best Wine Country Hotel by USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice. Offering vintage elegance, warm…

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    Three Cats

    As Detroit becomes home to more creative dining concepts, a new upscale retail and dining destination in Clawson, Michigan is making eclectic small plates and a singular shopping experience accessible to the city’s northern metropolitan region.  Now known as Three Cats, the full-fledged restaurant and bar opened this fall in the repurposed historic Clawson Theatre and was established by longtime Detroit area restaurateur Matt Prentice and retail connoisseur Mary Liz Curtin. Curtin and husband Stephen Scannell also own the eclectic and upscale lifestyle store Leon & Lulu right next door, which they opened in 2006 in what was formerly the 15,000-square-foot Ambassador Roller Rink.  Leon & Lulu’s previous lunch-time eatery…

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    Savoring season

    By R. Collins   For years Aerie Restaurant & Lounge in Acme, Michigan—Grand Traverse Resort and Spa’s award-winning in-house dining venue—has annually crafted two seasonal menus to showcase Michigan’s diverse harvests. This summer’s newest three-part menu featuring starter, lounge, and dinner menu sections, is delivering a new grouping of ingredients to the many national and international guests the resort draws in every year. “Every ingredient up there is fresh and raw; we don’t get boxes upon boxes of ingredients that are ready to go,” said Bryan Petrick, Sous Chef at Aerie Restaurant & Lounge. “It takes a lot of time, labor, and effort to get everything onto a plate that…

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    The Dish

    A food event brings the competitive fire to the ingredient list. The culinary arts, as a field of study, is often described as the preparation of food or the art of cooking. It is a process that combines art with science, practical training with passion, innovation with technique, and during a recent event held in Holland, Michigan; a dash of the competitive spirit. Executive Chef Clark Frain from Butch’s Dry Dock and Head Chef Kelsey Winter-Troutwine from Coppercraft Distillery competed in a head-to-head, live cook-off showcasing their ability to take three common ingredients and pair it with a protein of their choosing to create an award-winning dish. Using the acorn…

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    A little slice of Italy in West Michigan

    An Italian-inspired restaurant and deli has transported its patrons to southern Italy for more than three decades.  Set among a number of small shops in the Holland-based Washington Square, which is a block known for its historical charm and buildings dating back to the early 1920s, Pereddies Restaurant and Deli has greeted its customers for decades with tempting aromas of baked bread and fresh ingredients as soon as they step through the threshold. The restaurant and deli features trellises and grapevines strung throughout the building, original artwork adorning the warm-hued walls, and rows of shelves offering a variety of meats, cheese, olives, and spices. Since 1983 the family-operated business has…