TRAVERSE CITY — The Soul Hole will close Saturday night.
Meanwhile, one of the chefs involved in the Soul Hole's early days who'd moved to another, now-closed restaurant at Grand Traverse Commons is on to another venture in Elk Rapids.
Soul Hole owner Matt Hunter said the eatery's inability to procure a liquor license prompted his decision to call it a day.
"We've been waiting nine months," he said. "We were approved by the DDA, we got our application in in March, and it's still apparently nowhere close.
"I think we've just come to the conclusion that even though we've got an outstanding staff and great restaurant and great reputation, it's kind of an unsustainable formula without a liquor license. I hate to say it, but I'm drawing a line in the sand."
Hunter purchased the building at 408 S. Union and opened the restaurant in April 2010. About half of the Soul Hole's 13 employees are full-time.
"They're all very, very good employees and I am going to hope they get picked up elsewhere," he said.
Ralph Humes, one of the chefs who helped start the Soul Hole, had moved on to start his own restaurant, Mana, in the Mercato at Grand Traverse Commons in early 2011. For the moment, that restaurant is closed as Humes has become a partner and working chef at Sweet Mama's in Elk Rapids. Located at 145 Ames, Sweet Mama's has been open about two months, and offers lunch and dinner with seating for around 40.
"I'm basically fixing the food that I've always fixed," Humes said. "I guess, for lack of a better word ... eclectic ethnic."
Humes said he'd hoped to continue involvement with both Mana and Sweet Mama's, but it was too much.
"Presently my hands are full with (Sweet Mama's)," he said.
As for the Mercato restaurant, Grand Traverse Commons' developer Ray Minervini Jr. said it will probably reopen in early January with a new chef and name.
"It's an area restaurant operator (who) is intending to create a reboot — that was the phrase he was using — with a new name and new items," Minervini said.
Final details are still being discussed, he added. Neither he nor Humes would disclose the identity of the new proprietor.
TRAVERSE CITY — The Soul Hole will close Saturday night.
Furniture store chain celebrates 60 years
Gerard Winkle was looking for a job in 1972. At the same time, John VanDrie was looking for a salesperson for his McBain furniture store.Continued ...
Chrysler recalls Jeeps
Chrysler abruptly agreed to recall 2.7 million older model Jeeps Tuesday, reversing a defiant stance and avoiding a possible public relations nightmare over fuel tanks that can rupture and cause fires in rear-end collisions.Continued ...
Starbucks posts calorie counts
Starbucks has a new way to wake up its customers: showing the calories in its drinks.Continued ...
EU, U.S. agree to start free trade talks
The European Union and the United States will open negotiations next month on a long-sought deal to create free trade between the world’s two mightiest economic regions — an effort that could create millions of jobs but that could also take years to transform from dream to reality.Continued ...
Food companies work to make products look natural
Here’s the latest goal for food makers: Perfect the art of imperfection.Continued ...
Car show will offer tour of grave sites
Back to the Bricks has been focusing on immortalizing some of the big names of the auto industry in bronze, but this year they’re looking to take car lovers to the final resting places of some of those people.Continued ...
- Sunday, June 16, 2013
Wineries find efficiencies
A dwindling labor pool and challenging packaging costs are prompting several northern Michigan winemakers to utilize innovative technologies in their vineyards.Continued ...
Doug Luciani: Our youth can come home now
Riding on a school bus doesn’t exactly conjure up fond memories of days gone by. But this ride was different.Continued ...
Business in Brief: 06/16/2013
Health care reform; Biz after hours; NCMC program.Continued ...
Jason Tank: Economics a dizzying display of acronyms
In one corner, the Federal Reserve is busy stacking up dollar bills on top of each other. In the other, the beleaguered American economy is putting up one mediocre data point after another.Continued ...
Business Memoranda: 06/16/2013
Traverse City-based EverywhereUGo has expanded, with board locations in the Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids and the Great American Ball Park (home of the Cincinnati Reds) in Cincinnati, Ohio.Continued ...
- Saturday, June 15, 2013
Ag Forum: Tent caterpillars aren't hanging around
Generally speaking, people don’t become inquisitive about a lack of caterpillars attacking their trees, so I’m not surprised that no one has asked me where the tent caterpillars are this year.Continued ...
Futures File: Corn grinds lower despite poor conditions
America’s farmers likely planted a record corn crop despite poor weather conditions earlier this spring that delayed planting across much of the Midwest, according to USDA estimates.Continued ...
Rural U.S. losing population
Rural America is losing population for the first time ever, largely because of waning interest among baby boomers in moving to far-flung locations for retirement and recreation, according to new census estimates.Continued ...
- Friday, June 14, 2013
Horizon Books co-owner wins Lyle DeYoung award
Amy Reynolds always believed in downtown Traverse City’s retail corridor, even when the trend was for business owners to race off and set up shop at the nearest mall.Continued ...
Building Permits: 06/14/2013
Building permits issued in Grand Traverse County:Continued ...
The Record: 06/14/2013
Assumed names filed in Grand Traverse County:Continued ...
Grocers allege potato price fixing
A battle between grocers and potato growers has been silently hitting shoppers’ pocketbooks, according to a U.S. wholesaler accusing America’s spud farmers of driving up prices while spying on farmers with satellites and aircraft fly-overs to enforce strict limits on how many tubers they can grow.Continued ...
- Thursday, June 13, 2013
National magazine recognizes TC for boating opportunities
Robert Brown sees only one drawback to being a boating enthusiast in Traverse City. Winter.Continued ...
Post to invest $30M in Battle Creek plant
Cereal maker Post Foods says it plans to invest $30 million in a West Michigan facility, creating 92 jobs.Continued ...
Wet spring means reduced corn crop estimate
Corn farmers are feeling the impact of a cool, wet spring but are still expected to bring in a record crop this year.Continued ...
AAA study: Voice-operated dashboard tech still risky
Dashboard technology that lets drivers text and email with voice commands — marketed as a safer alternative — actually is more distracting than simply talking on a cellphone, a new AAA study found.Continued ...
- Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Rotary gives $241K in grants
A $65,000 grant awarded to Centre Ice for much-needed facilities’ upgrades is among $241,000 doled out this week by Rotary Charities of Traverse City.Continued ...
Farm Bill debate moves to contentious House
The last time Congress passed a farm bill, Democrats had control of the House and the food stamp program was about half the size it is today.Continued ...
- Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Mancelona upgrades water lines
Mancelona is upgrading its water lines this summer in a project described as a painful but necessary step to position the community for long-term job growth.Continued ...
- Furniture store chain celebrates 60 years