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ECRWSS Local Postal Customer www.lapitarestaurant.com | ph: (269)982-0982 2019 Niles Rd, St. joseph Mi 49085 Mediterranean Cuisine Paper. News Good our Y POSTMASTER: Please deliver on December 14, 2013 December 14, 2013 Moody on The Market A fter six months of hard work, market research, atten-tion to detail, menu planning and more, the family of Pedro Rios II is finally ready to welcome us all in to their newest restaurant property on West Main Street in downtown Benton Harbor . However, instead of sticking with the full-on Mexican fare of the rest of their stable of restaurants under the Rio’s brand... Pedro tells me that the new place is called Frankie’s Breakfast Club . Having closely monitored traffic patterns along the business loop downtown, and observing the dining choices being made by dozens of workers employed by neighboring businesses, Pedro says that his family has elected to broaden the menu to include standard American fare for breakfast while still keeping notable favorites such as breakfast burritos and the like. Frankie’s Breakfast Club has launched service 7-days a week beginning at 6am and will continue with lunch ser-vice until 3pm daily before closing up shop for the day. Breakfast and lunch service will be maintained 7-days a week for now, but that may change to 6-day service pending the level of play that the restaurant gets from the dining public. Pedro tells me that they are still offering signature items from the Rio’s line-up such as burritos, nachos, and quesadillas...but you will also find sandwiches and other offerings from the new diner as well. The restaurant offers dine-in and take-out options for hungry customers. Frankie’s Breakfast Club has been coming together ever since the Rios family took possession of their lease in early July. The windows were papered over for months in anticipation of the makeover which is now complete. The restaurant is opened for busi-ness on Thursday morning, December 5th. The new diner is located at 325 West Main Street in Benton Harbor , across the street from the new Saranac Flats development which is also nearing comple-tion. For the curious-minded, the Frankie’s name comes from Pedro’s son, Francisco , who beamed with pride when he told me that the business was named in his honor. Best of luck to the entire Rios family on their latest venture in the world of hospi-tality here in Michigan’s Great Southwest . For two years now, Ray Mays and Dave Vonk have been noodling over how best to capitalize on what they contend is arguably one of the best views in the region. Now that the planning and negotia-tions are complete, renovation work will get under-way to transform a major portion of the Berrien Hills Golf Club’s sizable clubhouse overlooking the St. Joseph River into a new casual restaurant com-ing next spring. Ray’s on the Green will be the formal name of the new full-service bar & restau-rant when it tees off next spring . Ray is not leav-ing the Friendly Tavern in Coloma in any manner, he’s simply expanding his empire into a space that he has been dreaming about for quite some time. The target for opening of the new eatery is by April 1st of next year, and those who are familiar with Ray’s successes originally as a partner in the former Pumphouse Grille in downtown St. Joseph and for a number of years now at the Friendly, look for sim-ilar quality food and service as you have come to expect from his other venues. The restaurant will feature great steaks, burgers, sandwiches, pasta dish-M oody Pat es, seafood, and Mexican offerings much like you would find at his property in Coloma. The bar will be a full-service bar with beers on tap, wines and spirits for cocktails. Ray’s on the Green will include full menu al fresco dining on the deck overlooking the pool and several fairways as well as a smaller patio on the lower level outside of what had been known for years as the Grill Room . Ray promises to be a truly one-stop-shopping opportunity for busi-ness meetings and events, weddings, parties and the like inasmuch as a large part of the main ballroom overlooking the St. Joseph River will be available for such functions. His kitchens will be capable of handling catering for such events as well. The exist-ing bar area alongside the Pro Shop will undergo a makeover this winter including new carpeting, fresh paint and other fine cosmetic changes. The same goes for the lower level Grill Room. The ballroom has a standard capacity of around 200 people for special events, and Ray’s on the Green will be capa-ble of handling from 130 to 150 diners at any one time. Mays is leasing space in the clubhouse for his new venture and tells me he will employ 40 or more full and part time people in the restaurant operation. Look for regular live entertainment on the patio during the outdoor weather season. Mays, who is a veteran restaurateur promises reasonably priced and outstanding quality food at Ray’s on the Green which will be open to the general public from 11am until 11pm seven days a week for lunch and dinner service. He promises it will become a regular go-to option for hungry people across the region, not sim-MOODY Continued from page 1 www.MailMaxOnline.com ply a “grab some lunch when you golf,” or some sort of “exclusively for special occasions” type of spot. Just like the Pumphouse and the Friendly have built a regular and loyal clientele, Ray expects to see your smiling face routinely once things are up and run-ning. Best of all, says Ray...everybody will be able to find lots of on-site parking right outside the door in the club’s spacious parking lot. Stay tuned for more as opening day draws closer. If you’d like to say “good bye” to some of your aches and pains, soothe your skin, and generally upgrade your physical outlook on life...say “hello” to your new Herbal Mamma ! Jule Zaroff is the practitioner behind Herbal Mamma which is a new herbal apothecary both online in an Internet realm as well as in brick and mortar form on W. John Beers Road in Stevensville . Opening the apothecary has been a dream dating back ten years as she has studied herbalism in a traditional Chinese format, using Western herbs. Volume 14, Ver. 50 FOR CHRISTMAS? TOP Dollar, Hands Down! 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After six months of hard work, market research, attention to detail, menu planning and more, the family of Pedro Rios II is finally ready to welcome us all in to their newest restaurant property on West Main Street in downtown Benton Harbor. However, instead of sticking with the full-on Mexican fare of the rest of their stable of restaurants under the Rio’s brand... Pedro tells me that the new place is called Frankie’s Breakfast Club. Having closely monitored traffic patterns along the business loop downtown, and observing the dining choices being made by dozens of workers employed by neighboring businesses, Pedro says that his family has elected to broaden the menu to include standard American fare for breakfast while still keeping notable favorites such as breakfast burritos and the like. Frankie’s Breakfast Club has launched service 7-days a week beginning at 6am and will continue with lunch service until 3pm daily before closing up shop for the day. Breakfast and lunch service will be maintained 7-days a week for now, but that may change to 6-day service pending the level of play that the restaurant gets from the dining public. Pedro tells me that they are still offering signature items from the Rio’s lineup such as burritos, nachos, and quesadillas...but you will also find sandwiches and other offerings from the new diner as well. The restaurant offers dine-in and take-out options for hungry customers. Frankie’s Breakfast Club has been coming together ever since the Rios family took possession of their lease in early July. The windows were papered over for months in anticipation of the makeover which is now complete. The restaurant is opened for business on Thursday morning, December 5th. The new diner is located at 325 West Main Street in Benton Harbor, across the street from the new Saranac Flats development which is also nearing completion. For the curious-minded, the Frankie’s name comes from Pedro’s son, Francisco, who beamed with pride when he told me that the business was named in his honor. Best of luck to the entire Rios family on their latest venture in the world of hospitality here in Michigan’s Great Southwest.<br /> <br /> For two years now, Ray Mays and Dave Vonk have been noodling over how best to capitalize on what they contend is arguably one of the best views in the region. Now that the planning and negotiations are complete, renovation work will get underway to transform a major portion of the Berrien Hills Golf Club’s sizable clubhouse overlooking the St. Joseph River into a new casual restaurant coming next spring. Ray’s on the Green will be the formal name of the new full-service bar & restaurant when it tees off next spring. Ray is not leaving the Friendly Tavern in Coloma in any manner, he’s simply expanding his empire into a space that he has been dreaming about for quite some time. The target for opening of the new eatery is by April 1st of next year, and those who are familiar with Ray’s successes originally as a partner in the former Pump house Grille in downtown St. Joseph and for a number of years now at the Friendly, look for similar quality food and service as you have come to expect from his other venues. The restaurant will feature great steaks, burgers, sandwiches, pasta dishes, seafood, and Mexican offerings much like you would find at his property in Coloma. The bar will be a full-service bar with beers on tap, wines and spirits for cocktails. Ray’s on the Green will include full menu al fresco dining on the deck overlooking the pool and several fairways as well as a smaller patio on the lower level outside of what had been known for years as the Grill Room. Ray promises to be a truly one-stop-shopping opportunity for business meetings and events, weddings, parties and the like inasmuch as a large part of the main ballroom overlooking the St. Joseph River will be available for such functions. His kitchens will be capable of handling catering for such events as well. The existing bar area alongside the Pro Shop will undergo a makeover this winter including new carpeting, fresh paint and other fine cosmetic changes. The same goes for the lower level Grill Room. The ballroom has a standard capacity of around 200 people for special events, and Ray’s on the Green will be capable of handling from 130 to 150 diners at any one time. Mays is leasing space in the clubhouse for his new venture and tells me he will employ 40 or more full and part time people in the restaurant operation. Look for regular live entertainment on the patio during the outdoor weather season. Mays, who is a veteran restaurateur promises reasonably priced and outstanding quality food at Ray’s on the Green which will be open to the general public from 11 am until 11 pm seven days a week for lunch and dinner service. He promises it will become a regular go-to option for hungry people across the region, not simply a “grab some lunch when you golf,” or some sort of “exclusively for special occasions” type of spot. Just like the Pump house and the Friendly have built a regular and loyal clientele, Ray expects to see your smiling face routinely once things are up and running. Best of all, says Ray...everybody will be able to find lots of on-site parking right outside the door in the club’s spacious parking lot. Stay tuned for more as opening day draws closer.<br /> <br /> If you’d like to say “good bye” to some of your aches and pains, soothe your skin, and generally upgrade your physical outlook on life...say “hello” to your new Herbal Mamma!<br /> <br /> Jule Zaroff is the practitioner behind Herbal Mamma which is a new herbal apothecary both online in an Internet realm as well as in brick and mortar form on W. John Beers Road in Stevensville. Opening the apothecary has been a dream dating back ten years as she has studied herbalism in a traditional Chinese format, using Western herbs. Jule began her journey into the study and practice of herbs 15-years ago when herbs brought her body back into balance, enabling her to become a mother of two children. Ever since that day, it has become her life’s passion to educate and spread the power of natural healing through herbs and vitamins. All Herbal Mamma products are made with the highest quality ingredients available, and all are made by hand with the same formulas she uses to treat members of her own family. She selects only organic and responsibly wild-crafted herbals and oils in the manufacture of her products.<br /> <br /> Herbal Mamma features handmade teas, tonics and body care products such as the Sun kissed Body Lotion depicted in the photo accompanying this story on Moody on the Market.com. Jule has formulated many custom made herbal supplements that target specific nutritional and medicinal needs for every individual, young and old alike. Her new physical apothecary can be found at 1816 West John Beers Road in Stevensville, inside the Inner Health & Harmony Building. Her online store can be found at www.herbalmamma.com. Soon she will also offer classes and events which can be found on her website, too. Her goal is to have easy, fun classes to engage anyone at any level yearning to learn how to use plants for a healthier lifestyle. She grows many of her herbs in her own backyard. You are invited to an open house tomorrow, Sunday, December 15th between 1 pm and 4 pm at the John Beers center, where you can sample some of her tea blends, body care products and noshes as you peruse the only herbal apothecary in the area. Herbal gifts will be awarded to the first twenty people who arrive for that open house event.<br /> <br /> Fans of good local radio will be delighted to know that the New Year will bring them another full-tilt local radio station originating out of the South Haven studios of Mid-West Family Broadcasting. When the New Year’s Rockin’ Eve countdown reaches midnight and 2014 is born, COSY-FM Radio returns to local control. By way of explanation, the station has always been in local managerial control, however syndicated music programming prevailed for most of the day. Starting at that stroke of midnight...everything that comes out of the 103.7-FM speakers will be local...local... local. There will continue to be great music and features on the station, as always... plus starting Monday, January 6, 2014, Paul Layendecker returns to COSY Mornings from 6 am until noon. Then, you are invited to welcome Spencer Rivers from noon until 6 pm...and Alan Kabel from 6pm until midnight. Additionally, every Friday morning at 8:30 am you are invited to join Mark Savage’s “Breakfast Club.” Also coming soon is the return of “Saturday at the 70’s” and Kasey Casem’s A.T. 40 from the 70’s. Super hits 103.7 is Coming Home...Wednesday, January 1, 2014. Check it out soon on a radio dial near you. Business owners...if you’d like your business to be a part of this dynamic return as a radio sponsor, please call Diana Davis at 925-1111, Ext 175 today.<br /> <br /> Fins up Parrot Heads! Sorry if you were expecting to see Jimmy Buffet headed to the shores of Lake Michigan...but the Lake Michigan LandSharks Parrot Head Club wants you to know that there is still a magnificent night of tropical rock headed your way next weekend. It’s their Christmas present to all of Michigan’s Great Southwest...but it’s also a fundraiser. You can escape to a tropical paradise inside the 5 O’Clock Sports Bear near Stevensville as Don Middlebrook introduces his Key West Connection Tour to the region on Saturday, December 21st from 6 pm until 9 pm. Middlebrook is a well-known “trop-rock” artist who hails from Michigan. He will be performing and signing his latest CD at the 5 O’clock which is located on Red Arrow Highway at I-94 Exit 23 across the road from Meijer of Stevensville. The big event is a critical fundraiser for the Lakeshore High School Color Guard which is working diligently to raise the dollars necessary to pay for their trip to Normandy, France next June. They will be participating in ceremonies there honoring the 70th Anniversary of D-Day. All WWII veterans will be recognized with special notice to actual D-Day veterans that evening. Make plans now to get it on your calendar.<br /> <br /> If you haven’t quite gotten into the holiday spirit yet, line up some tickets for tonight’s (Saturday 12/14) performance, as the Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra teams up with the Citadel Symphony Chorus to bring you Jingle Bells Forever, their spectacular holiday concert at Lake Michigan College. Showtime is 7:30 pm on the Mendel Center Main stage at LMC and you’ll be hard-pressed to remain a Scrooge when the music sweeps over you like Santa on his final approach to a house full of kids. Lush symphonic arrangements of Christmas classics, fresh versions of your favorite Christmas Carols, holiday favorites and many a melodic surprise all await you in the 1500-seat auditorium. Share the spirit of the season with your entire family, as you enjoy enchanting performances by both the orchestra and the chorus. Robin Fountain, Music Director for the Symphony is the Conductor and he tells us, “It’s an annual treat for us to present a concert filled with the holiday spirit. This year we have the added pleasure of performing with the Citadel Symphony Chorus. It will be a lovely evening!” Early arrivers can enjoy a Pre- Concert Conversation with Fountain beginning at 6:30 pm in the North Training Room at the Mendel Center. Conversations such as that provide an insight into the music and music-makers and are open to both the media and all ticket holders. The Citadel Symphony Chorus is a partnership between the SMSO and Citadel Dance & Music Center in the Benton Harbor Arts District aimed at establishing an exciting choral venture and bringing unique opportunities for participation and engagement into the lives of the many talented singers in the region. They will serve as the primary chorus for the SMSO. This concert will also serve as an opportunity for Edge water Gifts of St. Joseph to premiere a special exhibit highlighting the area’s largest selection of nautical gifts, lighthouse photographs by local photographer Mike Hershberger, “Life is Good” clothing, and the area’s largest selection of sterling silver jewelry. Patrons will have the opportunity to purchase items. Following the performance of Jingle Bells Forever, a post-concert reception in the lobby will be hosted by Edge water Bank. There you can mingle with friends, orchestra members and Music Director Robin Fountain. It’ll be the perfect night cap to an evening of beautiful music. Tickets for the evening are available at the Symphony office downtown St. Joseph or at www.smso.org.<br /> <br /> That’s it for this week…new stories are always available online at www.MoodyOnTheMarket.com! See you Saturday right here in MailMax!<br /> <br /> Pat Moody<br /> Morning Radio Personality<br /> WSJM Radio<br /> moody@wsjm.com<br /> (269) 925-1111

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