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Delft Bistro offers up a fine selection for diners in Marquette

If you're looking for the next great culinary adventure in Marquette, then you may just want to head to the flashing marquee downtown and take a stop at the Delft Bistro.

The bistro, which is located in the old Delft Theater on West Washington Street, is owned and operated by the same folks who have turned Doncker's into one of Marquette's prized dining establishments. The bistro, from early reviews, may just join it as customers have been raving about the food being served there.

Executive chef Michael Prahl has crafted together a fun menu that includes appetizers like poutine, steak tartare, both meat and cheese plates, and even octopus. The entrees range from a double burger to fish to lamb, steak, and even chicken confit. There are, of course, salads and soups as well, and always some tasty desserts.

The specials -- both food and drink -- are always being revised, and the menu is small enough, yet eclectic enough, to fit just about any eater's appetite and makes it easy to pick something to enjoy for dinner.

For more information about the Delft Bistro, you can follow their Facebook page here, or head over to Yelp to make your reservations.

Writer: Sam Eggleston

Tracey's brings another level of dining to Munising

Marquette is not the only place providing amazing plates for the foodies of the Upper Peninsula. If you haven't had a chance to head to Munising recently, then here's your new reason to make the trek sooner than later: Tracey's.

This restaurant, located at the Roam Inn that is owned and operated by Tom and Ana Dolaskie and Dallas-based business partner Darrin Hubbard, has something for every palate, and the dishes are sure to please.

On the starter menu, such tastes as crab-stuffed mushrooms, crispy pork belly and masala fingerlings await, while the main dishes include scrumptious selections like fennel dusted pork chops, potato chip encrusted whitefish, mushroom risotto and much more. Plus there are specials crafted by Chef Jason Biega that are enough to knock your culinary socks off.

And while there are some great selections in Munising when you're choosing a location to dine at, Tracey's has set itself a head above the rest in terms of a fine dining experience, complete with five-star ratings across the board on Facebook, Tripadvisor, and Opentable.

You can check them out on Facebook, but make sure to call ahead for a reservation, especially if celebrating during the holidays. There's no sign that Tracey's is going to be anything but a full house for quite some time to come.

Writer: Sam Eggleston

Black Ice Comics is here to save the day in Houghton

When it comes to comic books in the Upper Peninsula, the selection on places you can go to pick up new and back issues is quite slim. In Marquette there are a few places like the Game-Well and Taiga Comics, as well as a small selection at Bookworld. Outside of that, the landscape becomes rather barren for comic lovers.

Well, that is unless you're in Houghton where Black Ice Comics has settled in and brought light to the darkness of comic lovers throughout Houghton County and beyond.

Black Ice Comics is located at 403 East Lakeshore Drive. It's a bit of a secret hideout location, though, as it is located under Swift Hardware and below the parking deck. It's easy to spot when you get close though.

Inside you will have no problem finding what you're looking for. From fresh new comics every Wednesday to back issues for those looking to fill in their collection, Black Ice has what you're looking for. Not into floppies but want to read collected editions? No problem. Like the comic-related merchandise? They've got you covered? Enjoy comic-themed events? Just check out the shop and their Facebook page to keep up to date on their next cool party.

They even offer a discount for those who are looking to get a comic on a regular schedule, also known as a "pull" of a certain title.

Oh, and if they don't have what you're looking for? Just ask. They're known for helping track down those comics that readers are eager to get their hands on.

Writer: Sam Eggleston

Jasmine Restaurant opens on U.S. 41 in Marquette

If you're a fan of Asian cuisine and you're in Marquette, your options have expanded thanks to the opening of the Jasmine Restaurant on US 41.

The location is a familiar one to Chinese food fans as Jasmine replaces the former Great Hunan, which closed after a kitchen fire. The owners of Jasmine signed a lease with the restaurant a few months ago and recently opened their doors for business.

The restaurant is in good hands if you're a fan of either the Thai House on Third Street or the Teriyaki Bowl on US 41 as all three restaurants are owned and operated by the same folks. Of course, each has their own specialties to offer, and Jasmine is no different.

From whole fried or steamed fish to crispy pork belly to soups, salads and everything in between, there's really something for everyone, including those who prefer vegan options.

The restaurant, like the Thai House and Teriyaki Bowl, does offer online ordering for those looking to just swing in and pick something up to go. You can get more information, as well as a look at their complete menu, by visiting their website.

Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: Jasmine Restaurant

Loft apartments open in downtown Marquette

A historic building in downtown Marquette is remodeled and reopen with new tenants and loft apartments.

The Lofts is the new name of the housing spaces available at The Motors Buildings at 333 West Washington Street in Marquette, owned by Christine Pesola. The former Upper Michigan Motor Corp. building has in the past been home to retail shops of various types, and is currently also occupied on the ground floor by the RG Design Company.

The Lofts and RG Design, in fact, held an open house with the Lake Superior Community Partnership to welcome the public to see the new renovations at the end of 2016, and rentals are now open to those interested in a downtown Marquette loft-style apartment.

Pesola told TV6 that there are a total of six lofts, with some already rented. They feature brick walls, high ceilings, exposed beams and pipes, along with covered parking spaces for tenants.

RG Design is operated by Dax Richer and Jason Gauthier and has an office and showroom in the building, focusing on the company's architecture, interior design, kitchen and bathroom offerings.

Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: Lake Superior Community Partnership

Delft Bistro transforms old marquee in downtown Marquette

The historic Delft Theater on Washington Street in downtown Marquette has been a mainstay of the town's culture for decades, but usually as a movie theater.

Under renovation since its last theater tenant left in 2012, it's now re-opened as a cozy, upscale restaurant, with cheery messages returning to the familiar lights of its marquee out front, called the Delft Bistro.

Owned by Tom Vear and Jennifer Ray, also owners of the next-door downtown success story that is Donckers' candy shop and restaurant, the Delft Bistro's menu is described as "modern American." It features both local-inspired dishes like poutine and rainbow trout, as well as selections that might not be out of place at a top urban restaurant, like steak tartare or seared duck breast.

Features inside the renovated space include a loft dining area using the theater's former balcony, and repurposed materials from the old Delft Theater. And the history of film hasn't been left behind; various movies are played with dinner each night (the restaurant is open from 4-11 p.m. each evening except Mondays.)

Funding for the renovation came partially from a Michigan Economic Development Corporation's Community Development Block Grant of about $480,000 in 2014, with Vear and Ray's commitment to add at least 25 new jobs to downtown when the place was open. (They say now that hiring has taken place, it's now more like 35.)

The Delft Bistro also hosts private events for up to 200 guests. It's located at 139 W. Washington Street in Marquette.

Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: The Delft Bistro


Spend your loose change at the Vender Bender in Marquette

Looking for a place to spend your loose pocket change in Marquette? Well, head on over to Presque Isle Avenue and the Vender Bender.

The little location, which can be found near Jean Kay's Pasties at 1741 Presque Isle Ave., has an old-school arcade vibe about it, with games and vending machines, all waiting to become home to your quarters.

There is a nice variety of games available for those looking to get out of the house but still want their video game fix. But there's more than screen-based games at the entertainment center. There are also those lovely claw machines, as well as vending for snacks and sodas, among other things.

Stop on in and check it out if you're looking to spend some of your free time and you've got some quarters rattling around in your car's ashtray.

Writer: Sam Eggleston

Upper Hand distribution soon to reach Minnesota

Our neighbors to the west who are known for their multitudes of lakes are about to get a little present directly from the Upper Peninsula -- some damn good brews.

Upper Hand Brewery is based in Escanaba and owned by Larry Bell, who is known for owning down-state Bell's Brewery. Currently, Upper Hand Brewery is distributing throughout the Upper Peninsula and northern Wisconsin, but plans are in place to expand the reach of their product to Minnesota.

The entire Upper Hand beer lineup will be made available for shops, bars, and restaurants to order in the North Star State. That lineup includes four year-round beers as well as seasonal and specialty offerings.

“As we expand Upper Hand’s presence, it’s important for us to find the right distributor partners who share our values and dedication to providing good beer where it’s meant to be enjoyed. Upper Hand beers are only available throughout the north, and Minnesota is the perfect addition to our distribution footprint,” says Bell.

Writer: Sam Eggleston

Jim's Music in Marquette set to move in April

Don't worry about losing a place to get your instruments and music lessons, Marquette -- Jim's Music may be departing their Marquette Mall location, but they're making the move to Third Street for a new home.

Jim's will be a welcome sight on the Third Street corridor since McDonald's Music sadly closed in 2016. They'll be moving to 1212 North Third Street, the former home of Johnson's Shoes. There, Jim's Music will continue to offer up music lessons and a wide variety of new and used instruments.

Anyone who has visited Jim's Music in the Marquette Mall knows they were running out of room in their current location. At the new Third Street location, they'll be able to expand their offerings and selection.

The Marquette location for Jim's Music is managed by Jeff Krebs.

Writer: Sam Eggleston

Flying Moose Cafe opens in Marquette library

One of Marquette's true gems is the Peter White Public Library. Honestly, there isn't another library in the Upper Peninsula that is quite as spectacular.

But there's a gem within the gem, and all you have to do is head downstairs to find it.

The library cafe, which recently re-opened by the name of The Flying Moose Cafe, is a great place to stop and grab a quiet bite to eat or a nice cup o' Joe. The cafe is run by the same people who own The Flying Moose on Washington Street in Marquette (just in case the name didn't tip you off). They bring the same level of quality and commitment to their customers to the cafe location where patrons can pick up sandwiches, soup, baked items and a nice variety of other options.

And don't worry about not being able to enjoy your lunch while enjoying the library -- Peter White allows food and beverages throughout every part of the library with the exception of the computer lab.

Writer: Sam Eggleston

Village Pub in Chatham readies for reopening

While the doors aren't quite open yet, there's good news coming from the Village Pub in Chatham, and that's that those closed doors are going to be open sometime in the very near future.

Tammy Shega, Paul Shega and Don Johnson purchased the Village Pub back in September and ever since they have been busy renovating both the interior and the exterior of the building.

The pub has already begun hiring for multiple positions and right now are just waiting on the red tape to get cleared in Lansing so they can be approved for their liquor license.

The new owners will be offering up everything you'd expect from a small-town pub, as well as a selection of food for those looking to grab a bite to eat.

You can follow the Village Pub's Facebook page for continued updates.

Writer: Sam Eggleston

Need a place to recover? Marquette's newest restaurant is just right.

There's a new restaurant and bar in Marquette and it's in a familiar location to many diners. The Recovery Room opened in late 2016 in the home of the former Wild Rover on Washington Street in the downtown district.

The Recovery Room offers up a nice variety of food as well as a selection of specialty drinks as well as a minimum of 15 craft beers on tap.

The kitchen is open until 10 p.m. each night, and the bar is open until 2 a.m. on most nights, though may close earlier if business is slow.

So far, that hasn't been much of a problem as folks are enjoying the new restaurant.

According to the Recovery Room Facebook page, some of their in-house made items include spinach artichoke dip, beer cheese dip and the corned beef for their delicious reuben sandwich.

If you don't have time to stop in to grab a bite, the Recovery Room also offers their full menu for take-out every day until the kitchen is closed.

Writer: Sam Eggleston

Zephyr offers up wine, beer, and tasty eats in Marquette

Marquette has bars. Marquette even has a cigar bar opening (to a very select few who wish to buy in). But what Marquette didn't have until recently was a wine bar. That's changed thanks to the opening of Zephyr, located on Front Street across from Getz's in the downtown district.

Zephyr has a huge selection of wine thanks to the business relationship with Everyday Wines, located on Baraga Avenue. But it's not just wines they are offering. There's beer and, eventually, there will be a coffee bar as well.

Don't think that's enough to satisfy? Well, feel free to try their traditionally cured meats and cheeses, which are selected by the owners through the same taste-testing process that they use to choose their wines. Additionally, Zephyr also offers up small plates, soups and desserts, all of which are homemade and ready for the discerning palate.  

Zephyr Wine Bar and Tap Room is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. They also have an area known as The Cellar available for private events and meetings.

Writer: Sam Eggleston

Lift Nutrition opens in Escanaba

A new nutrition and fitness business just opened its doors in downtown Escanaba.

Also a new Delta County Chamber of Commerce member, Lift Nutrition is welcoming customers interested in improving their health and wellness at 1109 Ludington Street in Escanaba.

They recently held an open house, and owners Kevin and Brittany Angsten are constantly tweaking the products and services they have available to best suit local customers' needs.

Their main products are sports nutrition, bodybuilding, health and wellness supplements, including CrossFit products, to address needs including muscle building, weight loss, weight gain, recovery, joint help, and cognitive help.

The Angstens are certified sports nutritionists and assure their clients they keep the focus on pure, bioavailable and effective nutritional supplements, with the end goal of helping others get and stay healthy. They also offer expert knowledge on how to attain sports nutrition, bodybuilding and CrossFit goals.

Writer: Kim Eggleston
Source: Lift Nutrition

UPHP opens new office in Marquette

The Upper Peninsula Health Plan announced its grand opening in Marquette with a ribbon cutting this week.
The group is a U.P.-based health plan that manages care for members all over the Upper Peninsula through a network of local providers in local communities. According to the Lake Superior Community Partnership, which held the ribbon cutting along with UPHP, the plan's mission is to innovate health care and ensure quality, cost-effective care to improve overall health in the communities it serves.
UPHP is not new to the area; it's been around for several years, and in 2008 won a national award for its regional cooperative prescription and pharmacy plan. It does, however, have a new office now, located in the newly-finished Liberty Way complex at 853 West Washington Street in Marquette.
Some of the participants in the health plan are Helen Newberry Joy Hospital, Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital, UP Health System, Dickinson County Healthcare System and several others across the U.P.
Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: Lake Superior Community Partnership
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