Roadhouse Grill & Bar

12 08 2009
  • 4112 Lansing Road
  • Jackson, MI 49202
  • (517) 782-7711
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Roadhouse Grill & Bar on Lansing Road in Blackman Township

Roadhouse Grill & Bar on Lansing Road in Blackman Township

The next week is going to be really busy for me.  It’s a change of pace and actually a welcome change of pace.  I’m starting to get some work now that fall sports are getting under way which means a lot more traveling and a lot less time playing Wii. 

A friend of mine was driving through on his way to Plymouth where he’s spending the weekend.  He’s working for SPEED this week at MIS and Plymouth is where is hotel is.  Since today was a travel day, he asked if I wanted to meet him for lunch somewhere.  The original plan was to meet in Ann Arbor because he was going to take I-80 to Toledo then head north.  For some reason, he changed his mind and took I-94 from Chicago. 

Since he was taking 94, he was open to meeting somewhere closer for me.  Jackson seemed like a good stopping point for both of us, so I started looking for places to eat. 

We don’t get to Jackson very often, so I’m not really familiar with what’s there.  I put a post on Twitter asking for suggestions and I did get a reply from one person.  @ddkronkh pointed me to an article that was in the Jackson Citizen-Patriot about the Top Ten sandwiches in Jackson.  I wanted to eat all of them, but I had to pick one.

What I ended up picking was The Roadhouse Bar & Grill on Lansing Road near Parnall Road in Blackman Township.  Coming from Lansing, my GPS took me through the country a little bit and I was starting to wonder where this place was and if my friend from Illinois would be able to find out.  It actually isn’t too far from I-94 and he was able to find it without the help of a GPS. Read the rest of this entry »

Press Release – Cafe Grand Opening In Jackson

8 05 2009

First rule of sending a press release…complete address.  I figured it out because it came from the Greater Jackson Chamber of Commerce, but not everyone is going to take the time to put 2-and-2 together. 

Join in celebrating the Grand Opening of Wildwood Café with Frank and Jill Page, Monday, May 11th at 11:30am. 

Wildwood Café is located 2615 Wildwood Ave.  Patrons can enjoy a cozy smoke free environment with artwork from local artisans.

The Wildwood Café is open Monday – Saturday 7am-2:30pm and Sunday from 8am-2pm.  Menu selections include unique omelet’s, “the best club sandwich in town”, home-made soups, fresh baked pie and daily specials. Order breakfast or lunch anytime.  Carry-out orders welcome.

Press Release – Cold Stone Creamery Opening in Tim Hortons

16 04 2009

From a Tim Hortons press release…..

Tim Hortons and Cold Stone Creamery to Donate Proceeds from Grand Opening to Make-A-Wish Foundation®

April 17, 2009- Jackson, MI – Tim Hortons is pleased to welcome Cold Stone Creamery, America’s new favorite ice cream destination, to its 1715 W. Michigan Avenue location. To celebrate the opening, Tim Hortons and Cold Stone Creamery are joining efforts with the Make-A-Wish® Foundation Jackson Chapter to help grant the wishes of children with life-threatening illnesses. The celebration will provide the foundation with funding to help make a child’s most heartfelt wish a reality.

The community is invited to join the grand opening wish celebration on Friday, April 17 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM where there will be a FREE Create-Your-Own-Sundae bar for kids 12 and under, FREE samples of cakes, shakes and smoothies and the first 50 customers will receive a FREE Like-it Signature Creation with one mix-in and a FREE Gift Bag full of Tim Hortons & Cold Stone Goodies. Also, everyone is eligible to register to win FREE cake certificates! During the Grand Opening event on April 17, 5% of all ice cream purchases will benefit the local Make-A-Wish Chapter.

“Cold Stone Creamery has a long-standing relationship with the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Tim Hortons and Cold Stone Creamery support and value the same thing, which includes family, children, and lots of smiles,” says Elias Sayah, Tim Hortons store owner. “I can’t think of a better partnership than celebrating life with sweets, treats and wishes.” Read the rest of this entry »

Press Release – Wine Tasting Will Help Feed Animals

13 04 2009

From a Cascades Humane Society Press Release –

Wine Tasting Benefit to Feed Animals

Jackson, Michigan – Each year almost 1000 animals are fed and sheltered at Cascades Humane Society while they wait to find new homes. Each animal is vaccinated, spayed or neutered and micro-chipped. “The average cost per animal for testing, medical care and sheltering costs almost $500 but only a small portion of this is recovered in adoption fees,” said Debra Carmody, Executive Director. “Fortunately, we have a group of Friends who coordinate numerous events to raise money for the animals.”

Friends of Cascades Humane Society are hosting a Wine Tasting Party and Silent Auction at Daryl’s Downtown on Friday, April 17 from 5:00 – 8:00 pm. Funds from this event will help cover the cost of food for the animals. Tickets are $40 each or $70 for two.

Cascades Humane Society connects animals in need with people who care by providing a number of services, including adoptions, low-cost spay and neuters, Pet Food Pantry, lost/found, and humane education programs.

For ticket information, call Cascades Humane Society at (517) 787-PETS.

Press Release – Michigan Wine Month Celebration

12 03 2009

From a Pioneer Wine Trail press release…

Jackson, MI – Celebrate Michigan Wine Month at the SE Michigan Pioneer Wine Trail’s “Michigan Wine Celebration” on Saturday, April 18 and Sunday, April 19!

Tickets are $25 per person for this self-driven tour of the wineries of south-east Michigan.

Each winery along the trail will feature an appetizer or dessert prepared by a local chef and paired with their featured wine. The ticket price also includes one tasting glass. A recipe card with the featured recipe will be given out to ticket holders at each winery.

Some of planned the food and wine pairings include Vegetable Beef Stew served with Pinot Noir at Burgdorf’s Winery, BBQ Chicken Kabobs with Chipotle Cranberry Sauceserved with Summer Breeze (semi-sweet white) at Cherry Creek Cellars (Parma), Roasted Pears with Herbed Goat Cheese served with Rivera Rose’ at Cherry Creek Cellars (Cement City), Chicken Ballotine Stuffed with Proscuitto, Boursin Cheese, and Roasted Red Peppers or Florentine Ravioli with Alfredo Sauce served with Morningstar (dry white) at Pentamere Winery, Decadent Chocolate Brownie with infused Raspberry Topping served with St. Julian Raspberry Spumante at St. Julian’s Dundee location, Sun-Dried Tomato Baskets paired with Braganini Sauvignon Blanc at St. Julian’s Parma location, and Brie with Maple-Glazed Walnuts and Mill Pond Bread served with Sugar Snow (maple dessert wine) at Sandhill Crane Vineyards.

The wineries included in this event are: Burgdorf’s Winery (Hazlett) – Saturday only (until 5:00 pm), Cherry Creek Cellars (Parma & Cement City), Lone Oak Vineyard Estate (Grass Lake), Pentamere Winery (Tecumseh), Sandhill Crane Vineyards (Jackson), and St. Julian Winery (Dundee & Parma).

Ticket holders are welcome to visit each location over the two-day event, or they may choose to limit their visits (as time permits). The Wine Trail encourages ticket holders to bring a designated driver.

Hours of the event are Saturday, April 18 from 11 am to 6 pm and Sunday, April 19 from noon to 6 pm. Tickets are available online at or from any Pioneer Wine Trail winery. There are a limited number of tickets available, ticket sales will end on Thursday, April 16 at midnight, and ticket will not be available the day of the event.

For more information call (517) 531-3080.

Restaurant Rally 2009

5 03 2009

Got this press release about a pretty cool sounding event in Jackson….

Support Local Businesses and enjoy hours of entertainment, free transportation and great food at 9 local restaurants!

Jackson, Michigan – Tuesday, March 10th – Visit 9 Jackson Restaurants for only $10 per person! The 3rd Annual Restaurant Rally will take place Tuesday, March 10th, 6pm -9pm. Participants start at any of the participating restaurants where they can enjoy great food and jump on a shuttle bus to the next establishment.

Participating Restaurants: Bella Notte Ristorante, Cascades Manor House, Duffy’s Food & Spirits, Buffalo BBQ Wings, Steve’s Ranch Family Restaurant, New Country China Buffet, Culver’s, Ground Round and Olive Garden.

Each Restaurant will offer samples of signature and popular menu items and drink specials. Guests may start at any restaurant. Free parking for this event is available at Cascades Manor House. Six shuttle buses provided by Jackson Public Schools will run three different routes to each of the nine participating restaurants.

Tickets are now on sale at the Chamber (141 S. Jackson Street) $10 per person

For more information about Restaurant Rally 2009, contact the Chamber 517-782-7221 or

Press Release – Save-A-Lot Opens in Jackson

27 01 2009

From a Save-A-Lot press release….


Edited Assortment Grocery Store Will Save Consumers Up to 40 Percent

St. Louis, Missouri – December 22, 2008 – Save-A-Lot, the nation’s largest edited assortment grocery chain, celebrated the grand opening of its store in Jackson, Michigan, located at 3525 O’Neil Drive on September 17. The company is committed to offering local shoppers high quality groceries at savings of up to 40 percent.

“Save-A-Lot’s edited-assortment retailing model and nationwide buying power allows us to offer the best quality groceries at a significant savings,” said Jaime Powers, company spokesperson. “We’ve had a tremendous success at our other stores in Michigan, and look forward to bringing another Save-A-Lot to the area.”

Save-A-Lot stores deliver savings of up to 40 percent over conventional grocery stores. The new stores will carry about 1,250 of the most frequently purchased grocery items, including fresh meat, fruits and vegetables, dairy products, canned goods and packaged items, frozen foods and more, plus non-food products like health and beauty care items. Save-A-Lot stores are open seven days a week and employ approximately 15 – 20 employees. Read the rest of this entry »

Another Grocery Store Coming to Jackson

2 09 2008

You’d think two Meijer’s would be enough in a town like Jackson, but Save-A-Lot is opening it’s second store at 3525 O’Neill Drive.

The new store is going in a building formerly occupied by Staples, which closed in 2001. Rabban said he liked the building’s location off I-94 and the building itself, which is 20,000 square feet and in relatively good condition.

“It’s easy for you to get to, very visible,” Rabban said. “The building was ideal. It almost looks like it was designed for a Save-A-Lot.”

Renovations are ongoing. The Save-A-Lot sign is now up, the checkout counters are in, and the aisles are going in.

“It’s really coming along. Wow! Beautiful,” Rabban said during a recent walk-through.

The first Jackson-area Save-A-Lot opened in 1994 in a former Polly’s building at 3152 E. Michigan Ave. It was called SAL Food Store to distinguish it from Sav-A-Lot Drugs, which closed in 2000.

Save-A-Lot isn’t my favorite store, but discount options are a good thing in this economy.

Maggie Moos Ice Cream and Treatery

18 08 2008
  • 1077 N. Wisner St.
  • Jackson, MI 49202
  • (517) 990-0579
  • Website
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Maggie Moos Ice Cream and Treatery in Jackson

Maggie Moos Ice Cream and Treatery in Jackson

Funny story.  J and I are sitting in the press conference room at MIS waiting for Carl Edwards to come in.  By this point it had been almost six hours since we last ate.  She turned around and said she wanted a big meal, then ice cream.  I said we should go to Buffalo Barbeque Wings (review HERE) in Jackson for dinner then maybe we could search for an ice cream shop with her GPS.  We pull into the strip mall where Buffalo Barbeque Wings is located and two doors down is a Maggie Moos.  Ain’t that luck?

After dinner, she made a bee-line for the ice cream shop.  We were a little worried that wouldn’t be open at 8:00 on a Sunday night, but they actually stay open pretty late.  We made out way into the store where a few other groups had the same idea we did.  Today was must have been the day of imitators.  J was watching one of the guys make someone else’s ice cream when she turned to me and said, “this is just like Cold Stone.”  It is just like Cold Stone.  You pick your flavor and your mixins and they make it right in front of you the same way as we’re used to getting at the larger chain.  Read the rest of this entry »

Buffalo Barbeque Wings

18 08 2008
  • 1085 N. Wisner St.
  • Jackson, MI 49202
  • (517) 782-4344
  • Website
  • Menu
Buffalo Barbeque Wings in Jackson

Buffalo Barbeque Wings in Jackson

I first heard about Buffalo Barbeque Wings (yes, Barbeque, not Wild) a few months ago when the Jackson Citizen-Patriot ran a blurb about it’s opening.  I blogged about (here) and I have gotten hundreds of hits for that post.  When you type “Buffalo Barbecue (sic) Wings” in Google, that post is the first hit you get.  Seems there are a lot of people wanting to know more about this place but since they don’t have a website, they keep getting directed to my site.

My girlfriend and I were down in Brooklyn for the Sprint Cup race.  I was doing some work and we both had garage passes.  The concession stands in the pits suck and the media lunch was at noon, so by the time 6:00 rolled around, we were both starving.  As we were waiting for Carl Edwards to make his way to the conference room, J asked about dinner.  Since we were already going through Jackson, I asked her if she was up for some wings.  I figured if people are going to come to this blog looking for information, I might as well give it to them.

We avoided the mess on US 127 by staying on US 12 after leaving the track and cutting through the country on Jackson Rd.  We ended up only sitting in traffic for 20 minutes instead of the hour plus we did last time.  Since we took Jackson Rd, we ended up going all the way through town to get to where we were going.  That’s not necessary on a normal day.  We found on the way home Buffalo Barbecue Wings is less than a mile from I-94 and US 127.  We found the shop in a strip mall.  There was just a sign that marked the spot.  Had we not been looking for it, it would have been easy to miss.  It’s behind Biggby and that’s how I knew to start looking.  I saw the Biggby and turned into the parking lot.  After a quick scan of the storefronts, we found Read the rest of this entry »