NEWS FROM : GREAT LAKES  

About three years ago, Justin Jones’ love of hospitality and coffee led him to open Georgia Street Grind in downtown Indianapolis. Then, after finding success with what he calls his “proof of concept” at that location, he decided to turn his attention to bringing a new kind of coffee shop to the city: a neighborhood gathering place, inspired by cla...

Some Michiganders will no longer have to make the drive to Illinois or Indiana to get their Portillo’s fix. The restaurant chain, known for its popular Chicago-style food, has just announced it will open its first Michigan restaurant. The location of the restaurant will be at Hall Road in Sterling Heights, although it will be a while before it open...

Despite the hardship of the COVID-19 pandemic, creativity continues to blossom in the food and beverage industry, bringing new concepts throughout the city and to places like the East Side's Crossroads Collective, 2238 N. Farwell Ave. Earlier this month, we announced that Thum was bringing the fresh flavors of Lao cuisine to the popular food hall....

Twentieth-century American businessman, author and philanthropist W. Clement Stone coined the phrase “You are a product of your environment, therefore choose the environment that will best develop you toward your objective.” He also encouraged the masses to “Analyze your life in terms of its environment by evaluating the things around you and deter...

Of all the actions proposed by the agitators, none is more just plain stupid than the attack on Christopher Columbus -- calling for his statue in Little Italy to be removed. Let’s remember, by the laws, thinking and morality of his day, Columbus did nothing wrong -- morally or legally. Specifically, to call for the removal of his statue in Little I...

When Tony and Cathy Mantuano met at Milwaukee’s Nantucket Shores, he was a student at UWM working in the kitchen. She worked front of the house. Food and wine brought them together, but their relationship is the foundation for everything they do.  For 35 years, Tony, the founding chef at Michelin-starred Spiaggia, kept Italian dining in the spotlig...

Akron City Council has wrapped up a three-year long process to do away with Columbus Day. Beginning in 2021 because of the pandemic, the city will celebrate Italian-American Heritage and Culture Day each October. September will be known as “Welcoming Month.”  Eliminating Columbus Day in Akron was first introduced in 2017. Councilman Russel Neal Jr....

Dick Nardini loved to play golf. Whether attending the annual Chicago Sun-Times golf outing to gain new advertisers for the newspaper to which he devoted his career or getting together to play 18 holes with a group of friends, it wasn’t uncommon to find Mr. Nardini out on the course. Mr. Nardini and some of his newspaper co-workers would frequent a...

Add the Feast of the Assumption, a summertime favorite on the Cleveland festival circuit that draws thousands to Little Italy, to the list of events that won't happen this year because of the pandemic. In a joint statement with Fr. Joseph Previte of the Holy Rosary Parish, Cleveland mayor Frank Jackson said: “For 121 years, Holy Rosary Parish has c...

La Fontanella’s owners are retiring and closing the restaurant’s doors for good after decades of serving authentic Italian cuisine on Oakley Street. For 34 years, husband-and-wife team Gianfranco “Franco” and Maria Gamberale served fresh, traditional Italian dishes like chicken Vesuvio, eggplant Parmigiana and lasagna Bolognese.  From the broths to...

Some high school students are marking the mark and being honored for their good grades. The Italian American Cultural Club gave eight $1,000 scholarships to local students. The scholarships are in honor of past members of the club who passed away. "I felt really grateful when I got the scholarship," said Angelina Balzano. "The Italian American Cult...

What is symmetry? We all intuitively recognize it when we admire beautiful regular patterns in nature, but symmetry can actually be studied with mathematics! It turns out that, among all possible three-dimensional solid shapes, only five of them are completely symmetric. We will see the origin of this story in ancient Greece, where Plato thought th...