Traverse City News and Events

Food Court Wars Impacting Two Local Businesses

Nov. 13, 2013

Amidst all the buzz surrounding the Food Network's Food Court Wars filming in Traverse City this past weekend, regular visitors to the Grand Traverse Mall Food Court may have noticed a couple of regular businesses missing.

Cool Beans Coffee and Bakery, a mall tenant since 2008, was one of the food establishments told by property manager Rouse Properties on Oct. 10 that it needed to "vacate its space as soon as possible or by Oct. 15," according to Noella Korte, one of the coffee shop's owners.

She says they were not offered any other space and were told they could have the space back Nov. 15. Korte says four employees were affected, including one who has since found another job. Cool Beans plans to host a grand reopening on Nov. 22.

Although a spokesperson for Rouse Properties declined to discuss specifics of the lease arrangements, he did tell The Ticker: "One tenant reached an agreement with the mall to make the space available during filming. Once filming is complete, the tenant will resume operations in an upgraded space. The second tenant was operating under a short-term lease."

The spokesperson went on to say, " … we believe the introduction of a new restaurant and partnership with a national network is in the best interest of all the tenants at the mall."

The other business that has vacated the mall's food court was TC Koney Island. The Ticker attempted to contact the owner but the phone number has been temporarily disconnected.

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