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Perrysburg Township project includes restaurants, gym and French Quarter theme

A New Orleans-themed development in Perrysburg Township with restaurants, a coffee shop and gym is under construction and slated to open starting early next year. French Quarter Square will be worth $15-$20 million when finished, said Mike Denman, vice president of developer River Rock Property Group. The property at 10630 Fremont Pike is just east […]

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Developers unveil details for $250M, 30-acre Muskegon lakefront site

Luxury condos, a marina, restaurant, event space and expanded public trails are part of a $250 million vision to transform 30 acres of Muskegon waterfront property. Developer Ryan Leestma and his wife, Emily Leestma, unveiled details of their plans for the Adelaide Point project on Wednesday alongside their development team, city officials and environmental advocates. […]

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Rosie O’Grady’s owner closes bar with plans to redevelop popular Ferndale site

The owner of Rosie O’Grady’s, a popular downtown Ferndale bar and restaurant, closed the establishment over the weekend and aims to redevelop the property in the city’s central business district. In a Saturday evening post on Facebook, the restaurant owners said the establishment would be closing for good, and said “staffing shortages” were “in part” […]

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Bella Piatti owner to open seafood concept Mare Mediterranean in Birmingham

Signature Associates is proud to be a part of this transaction. A new, modern seafood restaurant with Greek, Italian and Spanish influences is coming to downtown Birmingham later this year. Bella Piatti owner Nino Cutraro has teamed up with Jay Feldman of Feldman Automotive to open Mare Mediterranean where Cameron’s Steakhouse was at 115 Willits. Cutraro […]

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Franchising expected to bounce back quickly

Franchising expected to bounce back quickly

The number of small businesses failures in 2020 has yet to be calculated, but two months into the new year the havoc that the coronavirus pandemic wreaked on small business franchises has become clear. According to a report prepared by FranData for the International Franchise Association, the number of business franchises declined 2.6 percent last […]

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Toledo retail landscape not as bad as expected, report says

Toledo retail landscape not as bad as expected, report says

Thirty major retailers filed for bankruptcy in 2020, a devastating year that saw nearly 15,000 stores close and thousands of workers jobless.  But while the loss of major retailers also was felt in the Toledo area during the year of the coronavirus pandemic — with chains like Steinmart, Pier 1, and Art Van Furniture, all […]

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Pandemic could bring permanent changes to delivery, office work

Pandemic could bring permanent changes to delivery, office work

There’s little doubt that living under a year of a global pandemic has caused many of us to adopt new routines and trends.  Purchases from Amazon, groceries by delivery, dining outdoors, meetings by Zoom.  But how many of those changes will remain after the coronavirus is finally under control? “This year has forced us to […]

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HopCat restaurants emerge from bankruptcy, sold to new owner

HopCat restaurants emerge from bankruptcy, sold to new owner

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — The chain of HopCat restaurants has been sold to new owners some five months after the former owner, BarFly Ventures, filed for bankruptcy. Two investment firms — Congruent Investment Partners and Main Street Capital — teamed up to buy BarFly Ventures for $17.5 million. They created a new operating company, Project […]

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Joe Vicari Restaurant Group Acquires The Hill in Grosse Pointe Farms, Two Other Eateries

Joe Vicari Restaurant Group Acquires The Hill in Grosse Pointe Farms, Two Other Eateries

The Joe Vicari Restaurant Group in Warren today announced the addition of three new restaurants to its portfolio — The Hill Seafood & Chop House in Grosse Pointe Farms, Triple Nickle in Birmingham, and Buc’eez Pub in Macomb Township. The restaurant group, led by Joe and Rosalie Vicari, is best known for its Andiamo and […]

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Sidecar Slider Bar’s new triple concept opens in Birmingham with pizza and cocktails

Sidecar Slider Bar’s new triple concept opens in Birmingham with pizza and cocktails

A trio of restaurants have opened up in downtown Birmingham where Mitchell’s Seafood once was. Sidecar Slider Bar, Shift and Slice Pizza Kitchen are three different concepts under one roof. In addition to variety, the new destination will offer something the area has little of: late-night dining. The kitchen is planning to stay open until […]

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BarFly Ventures files for bankruptcy; announces plans to reopen restaurants

BarFly Ventures files for bankruptcy; announces plans to reopen restaurants

The parent company of HopCat and other local restaurants filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy relief while simultaneously announcing its plan for reopening its restaurant locations. Grand Rapids-based BarFly Ventures — the parent of HopCat, Stella’s Lounge and Grand Rapids Brewing Co. — said Wednesday that it filed petitions for relief under Chapter 11 of the […]

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Michigan Restaurant and Lodging Association Releases Roadmap to Reopen Restaurants Starting May 29

Michigan Restaurant and Lodging Association Releases Roadmap to Reopen Restaurants Starting May 29

The Michigan Restaurant and Lodging Association released its Roadmap to Reopening, a step-by-step guide to navigating restaurant reintegration as COVID-19 stay home orders are expected to lift. It offers guidelines and checklists designed to put restaurateurs in a position to safely reopen operations while giving the general public confidence that they can return to restaurants. […]

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Whitmer approves liquor buyback program as bar, restaurant restrictions extended

Whitmer approves liquor buyback program as bar, restaurant restrictions extended

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has signed an executive order allowing the Michigan Liquor Control Commission to buy back spirits on the shelves of bars and restaurants that have been closed for four weeks due to the coronavirus outbreak. The state’s liquor control commission plans to meet Tuesday to take action on creating the buyback program. Under […]

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Georgio’s Cafe plans to add Sylvania location

Georgio’s Cafe plans to add Sylvania location

Georgio’s Cafe International, a popular downtown restaurant serving Mediterranean cuisine for more than three decades, plans to add a second location next month in Sylvania. The new Georgio’s Grill will hit the ground running by taking over the site of another restaurant now in the process of closing — the 5th Street Pub, at 5577 […]

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SIGNATURE SELLS 3,060 SQUARE FOOT BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY IN MUSKEGON, MICHIGAN

MUSKEGON, MICHIGAN—November 9, 2019— Signature Associates has negotiated the sale of the 3,060 square foot Dog House Saloon located at 1940 E. Laketon Avenue, Muskegon, Michigan to 1940 E. Laketon, LLC. Jamie Hughes of Signature Associates represented the seller, Dog House Saloon. About Signature Associates Signature Associates, with offices in Southfield, Detroit, Lansing, Grand Rapids, […]

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SIGNATURE SELLS RESTAURANT IN KALAMAZOO, MICHIGAN

SIGNATURE SELLS RESTAURANT IN KALAMAZOO, MICHIGAN

KALAMAZOO, MICHIGAN—October 7, 2019— Signature Associates has negotiated the sale of Mitten Dogs located at 2625 Michigan Avenue, Kalamazoo, Michigan.   Jeff Chrystal and Jim Olsen of Signature Associates represented the seller, Mitten Dogs & More.  Jeff also represented the purchaser, Arabian House. About Signature Associates Signature Associates, with offices in Southfield, Detroit, Lansing, Grand […]

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Vester Square development would create shopping, dining, park campus in Ferndale

Vester Square development would create shopping, dining, park campus in Ferndale

East of downtown Ferndale, a cluster of businesses and parking lots could start to slowly morph into a multifaceted dining and shopping campus. Vester Square — a three-phase redevelopment project estimated to cost $20 million-$25 million— is making its way through Ferndale government approvals, according to city officials and a lead developer, Christian Fuller of […]

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New restaurants, bar coming to RenCen’s old Coach Insignia space

New restaurants, bar coming to RenCen’s old Coach Insignia space

Not one, not two, not three, but four — count ’em — four new dining and drinking concepts will call the top of the Renaissance Center’s central tower on Detroit’s riverfront home come November. James Beard Award-winning celebrity chef Shawn McClain, best known for his work in Chicago and more recently Las Vegas, offered the first details since […]

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Big Boy looks to bounce back under new ownership

Big Boy looks to bounce back under new ownership

As Big Boy’s new owners aim for a comeback, the change comes in small moves — taking MSG out of seasoned salt, for example — and large ones, like paying off $34 million in debt. The Warren-based restaurant chain’s CEO led a group of local investors that bought Big Boy Restaurants International LLC last fall. […]

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Team Schostak Family Restaurants acquires 56 Wendy’s restaurants in Michigan

Team Schostak Family Restaurants acquires 56 Wendy’s restaurants in Michigan

Livonia-based Team Schostak Family Restaurants has acquired 56 Wendy’s restaurants in Michigan. With the addition, family-owned Team Schostak now owns and operates more than 160 restaurants throughout Michigan. “As our team actively sought opportunities to grow TSFR’s restaurant business, this unique opportunity came up in our home state to purchase these Wendy’s and the acquisition […]

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Panera to close downtown Birmingham location, open first spot in Royal Oak

Panera to close downtown Birmingham location, open first spot in Royal Oak

Panera Bread Co. is planning to pack it up in downtown Birmingham and move to a new location in Royal Oak. The bakery-cafe will close its 100 N. Old Woodward Ave. shop “sometime in June or July” and move to the new Woodward Corners development at 13 Mile Road and Woodward Avenue headed by Beaumont […]

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Chick-fil-A to expand to Shelby Township

Chick-fil-A to expand to Shelby Township

Metro Detroiters will have one more location where they can “eat mor chikin.” Chick-fil-A Inc. is planning to open its first stand-alone location in Metro Detroit. The Shelby Township restaurant will be the Atlanta-based fast-food chain’s fifth restaurant in Metro Detroit, the company confirmed Thursday. “Chick-fil-A is always looking for new locations to continue serving our customers, […]

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Former Sweet Lorraine’s building sold in Southfield

Former Sweet Lorraine’s building sold in Southfield

The building that for decades housed the flagship Sweet Lorraine’s Cafe & Bar on Greenfield Road in Southfield has been sold, according to Crain’s Detroit Business. The distinctive building at 29101 Greenfield, along the border of Southfield and Berkley, has been bought by Abro Plaza Southfield LLC., Crain’s reported. The company also purchased a shopping center next door with a […]

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