LOOKS LIKE WE can cross one of Duke LifePoint’s options off the list.
The Marquette Golf Club Board Wednesday morning voted to cut off all negotiations with DLP regarding a possible location for the new Marquette General Hospital.
Duke LifePoint, at last word, had been considering half of the Heritage course as one of its three options for relocation. But communication between the golf club and DLP over the last few weeks had gone silent and DLP’s last offer to the club had been woefully inadequate.
Not only that, but the ongoing negotiations and gossip had upset the club membership and some of the surrounding neighbors. So, the board said, Enough.
Which apparently leaves DLP with two sites left on its list: 1) the 42 acres behind the Westwood Mall in Marquette Township, and 2) the Roundhouse property on the western fringe of downtown Marquette.
Maybe there’s some unpublicized, darkhorse candidate out there. Who knows? We should have an answer by the end of this month.
REMEMBER THAT GREAT property trade that Marquette made with the US Coast Guard several years back?
You know, the one in which the city got almost nine acres of coastal property for a public park, and the Coast Guard, in return, received one and a half acres on which to build their fancy new station.
Worked out great. The Coast Guard immediately built their $5 million, 6000 square foot facility in 2009 and opened it up to rave reviews, and the city…well…uh…the city…well, it seems that the city, you know…
The city still doesn’t have squat.
Five years later, the city still doesn’t have ownership of the property. It’s fenced off. “No trespassing” signs abound.
Why the delays? Last year’s government shutdown is one supposed reason. Whatever. That reason’s getting old.
The government has determined that before the city takes ownership, the lighthouse and the other buildings on the property need to be repainted to encapsulate the old lead-based paint. Okay. That should take…what?…two or three weeks?
The real reason for the delay apparently is government bureaucracy. Despite pressure from our elected representatives, the Coast Guard clearly has not made this a priority. We all love the Coast Guard and appreciate what it means to Marquette, but clearly five years should be more than enough time to complete a deal. A deal was made and a promise was made but neither so far has been honored.
HOW WOULD YOU like to work 70 hours a week and not earn a paycheck?
Welcome to the world of Andrew Sear, the owner and chef at Paladino’s Café at the Peter White Public Library.
He, along with a tiny staff, has been at it for three months now turning out what most consider to be remarkably tasty and inventive food. Eclectic. Fusion. Local produce, local meat. Farm-to-table.
Problem is, it’s a tiny café with a limited clientele and limited revenue even as its catering business grows. Thus, so far no paycheck for Sear. He’s paying the bills, that’s all.
So what’s the plan?
He’s looking to grow–start another Paladino’s, a larger café-deli, preferably in Marquette but he’s not ruling anything out. He’s looking for investors, people with money who believe in his food and his vision. That hardly makes him unique, but you can’t fault him for trying and dreaming and working 70 hours a week.
This week’s special, by the way, is the Hot Mess which includes roasted pork, pickled red onions, kimchee, Michigan brie and bread. Yeah, that would be fusion. And eclectic.
NOT TO PLAY middle man in all this, but a venue Sear and his angel investors might be considering is the building on Third Street currently housing Sweet Basil and MacDonald’s Music Store.
If you passed by in the last week, you couldn’t help but notice the For Sale sign on the building. The sign is roughly the size of a minivan.
Great location. It also includes four apartments. Two showings so far. $349,000.
As for Sweet Basil, business owner Shelly Morley says she’ll either stay in the current location, or move it elsewhere in town if the new building owner asks her to move. But Sweet Basil, which has built a substantial catering business over the years, is not going away.
ON THE OTHER hand, the Huron Earth Deli on South Third Street is going away.
The little café and deli tucked away into a mostly residential neighborhood is shutting down a week from this Friday. A shame. Good, wholesome high quality food here.
What this tells you is that even if you work hard and offer a great product, the profit margin in the restaurant business is tiny, sometimes non-existent. For every Vango’s, there are a dozen good restaurants that go under within a couple of years.
The Huron Earth Deli building is up for sale at $325,000, but there appears to be a very interested owner from out-of-state. Another restaurant? We’ll have to wait and see.
THE BAYOU IN Harvey is now brewing its own suds under the brand name Chocolay River Brewery.
After a series of delays, the beer is now flowing under the direction of brewmaster Grant Lyke.
Here’s what they have to offer so far:
Bayou Blonde Ale
Gitchigoomie Black Ale
Shot Point Wheat
Rock Cut American Pale Ale
Needless to say, a distinctly local flavor.
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