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Press Release – Millennium Opening Two New Restaurants

February 11, 2013

From a Millennium Restaurant Group press release…

Two exciting new projects for Millennium Restaurant GroupKALAMAZOO, Mich.—Kalamazoo‐based Millennium Restaurant Group is thrilled to announce its two newest concepts, The Panini Express (downtown Kalamazoo‐ inside the City Centre lobby outside The Union Cabaret & Grille) to open March of 2013 and Centre Street Tap House (3251 W. Centre ‐ at the east end of the building, opposite to Bigby’s Coffee) to open fall of 2013.

Although the location of the Panini Express will be next to The Union, it will operate as a new entity, a food truck that never moves! Offering quick lunch service and a menu that changes daily with warm, grilled‐to‐order sandwiches and Paninis and a fresh selections of soups and salads. Hours will be 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, with additional hours for events such as Arthop.

“With the growing amount of downtown businesses and residents, we saw a great opportunity to add to the downtown lunch scene,” says Millennium Restaurant Group Partner, Bob Lewis. “We love the concept of food trucks… It’s not what we usually do but this is our spin on it.”

Centre Street Tap House, a place for the beer lovers of Portage and beyond, will open in the fall of 2013. The new 4100 square‐foot restaurant will have a similar menu and atmosphere of downtown Kalamazoo’s Central City Tap House (also owned by Millennium Restaurant Group) with gourmet burgers, great appetizers, salads and entrees. Also Like the downtown Tap House, Center Street will carry an ever‐changing line up of American Craft, Craft Import, and bottled beer. Special to the Portage location, will be its extended outdoor dining area.

“Michigan is ranked in the top five for the most breweries, micro‐breweries, and brewpubs per state in the nation… The beer community in this area is great and we get excited about being part of it,” says Central City Tap House General Manager, Brandon Banicki. “We were happy to discover how many fellow beer lovers there is in this community and Centre Street Tap House is another point of entry for our guests to experience a variety of beer as well as enjoy a menu that compliments beer perfectly.”

The Panini Express, a fast lunch option of Panini‐style grilled sandwiches, from‐scratch soups, and salad options, will open March of 2013 (located inside the City Centre lobby, just outside The Union Cabaret & Grille). Centre Street Tap House on Centre Street in Portage, with similar atmosphere and menu to Central City Tap House of downtown but with extended patio dining, will open in fall of 2013.
Millennium Restaurant Group looks forward to the opening of both operations and hopes to see many old and new faces at each location.

Centre Street Tap House

Centre Street Tap House

Panini Express

Panini Express

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