Planning Commission discusses new site for P.T. O’Malley’s

The East Lansing Planning Commission members met June 12 to discuss the application for approval of a new site-plan and special use permit from PORTAW, Inc. which currently owns Harper’s Restaurant and Brewpub and P.T. O’Malley’s Bar and Grill. In addition, the company proposed to extend the space by adding 78 square feet to accommodate the new restaurant with more space for seating and dancing. “It (P.T. O’Malley’s) had moved down to 210 Abbot, specifically for one reason and one reason only, and that was because of the capacity issue,” said Pat Riley president of PORTAW, inc.

Riley also explains that the relocation is due to the much needed kitchen space. The location with a larger kitchen means having a new menu that includes appetizers, salads and sandwiches. “If anyone has been either in the very original or the current location of P.T. O’Malley’s, it is a cooking area not a kitchen,” said Riley.

Invasive mussels slam commercial fishery

By KURT WILLIAMS
Capital News Service

LANSING — Denise Purvis’ family began fishing the waters of northern Lake Huron off Manitoulin Island in 1882. Over the years, they came to expect the unpredictability of a livelihood  that depended on their ability to capture wild fish. Purvis came back to the family business in the mid-1990s after college. Her return coincided with the arrival of zebra and quagga mussels into the Great Lakes. The mussels have become synonymous with the problem of invasive species in the Great Lakes.

Growing green: marijuana presents water, air and energy challenges

By QUINN ZIMMERMAN
Capital News Service

LANSING — Michigan regulators are preparing for the environmental impact of the state’s recent legalization of recreational marijuana. High demand and the new legal status will drive the growth of the state’s crop, Marijuana Business Daily reported last November. Environmental concerns related to water and air quality are associated with the expanding production, said Jill Greenberg, a public information officer with the Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy. “The way the ballot (question) was written, there was no consideration for environmental impact. it all had to be picked up afterward,” said Robert Elmouchi, an environmental quality analyst with the agency’s Air Quality Division.

The menu at Blue Owl Coffee features drinks that take a spin on classic cocktails such as the Mackinac, which is inspired by a Manhattan. Craft coffee shops are a growing part of the coffee market.

Coffee market sees increase from craft shops

Behind the bar there are a variety of dark colored bottles with handwritten labels and eye droppers to ensure perfect measurements. The handwritten menu has descriptions of coffees and flavorings that baristas mix to order.

The low murmur of customers working together and studying is broken when a barista calls out a name and pushes one of the coffeehouse’s signature coffee cocktails, a Mackinac, to the edge of the bar.

It’s a scene that’s repeating itself across the country as craft shops take a growing share of the coffee market.

Dup-Dup app takes off

A new social media application startup in Okemos, Michigan is beginning to gain traction and popularity among teens and millennials. Only about 40 days since its official launch, this company has garnered over 250 registered users. Dup-Dup is a simple way to ask and answer questions, help others, be someone’s hero, and share with the entire world who your hero is and how he or she has impacted you.This application enables users to follow their friends, family, and like-minded heroes, while enjoying the interest based curated feed fueled by A.I.  and CEO, Saquib Khan. “Our goal is to create something meaningful, to help each other, and have fun doing it,” said Saquib Khan (Buddy), CEO of Dup-Dup. Khan had the vision of Dup-Dup mid summer 2018.

Taco Tuesday in Williamston?

From Sunny Side Up Café to the Sun Theater and D&W Fresh Market, city officials brainstorm about what other businesses might be missing in downtown Williamston, Michigan.

“If Downtown Williamston is missing something, it is a Mexican restaurant; that would be at the top of my list,” said City Manager Corey Schmidt.