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Story Matters: Lance Climie recalls Les Idees, first foodie restaurant in Grand Rapids

Lance Climie recalls his time as the day bartender at Les Idees, a restaurant at The Morton House that was "contrarian to what had existed in Grand Rapids before."
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We build community when we share our stories - whether they be a memory, an experience or just simply telling what we think is great about this place. The Rapidian created a special story fort for SiTE:LAB's Preview Party on Tuesday, September 23, at The Morton. The ticketed event was a benefit, with all proceeds going to The Rapidian. While there, we captured many memories of the building we were in, the historic Morton Hotel, and met people who had connections to the building's hitory.

Lance Climie recalls his time as the day bartender at Les Idees, a restaurant at The Morton House that was "contrarian to what had existed in Grand Rapids before." Climie says now every restaurant wants to be "contrarian," but at the time, he says, it was the first of its kind. Climie shares secrets of the building in this short account of his memories working at what will soon be The Morton apartments.

 

STORY MATTERS. is a story collecting project from The Rapidian and GRTV. You can see all the Story Matters videos archived at therapidian.org/placematters/story.

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