Cinco de Mayo Restaurant

Hope Lodge Golf Invitational set for June 7 at Blythefield Country Club

May 27, 2010 // 0 Comments

Annual event to raise funds, awareness to support cancer patients traveling to Grand Rapids for treatment On Monday, June 7, Blythefield Country Club in Belmont will host the second annual American Cancer Society Hope Lodge Golf Invitational, a benefit golf outing to raise funds and awareness for the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge in Grand Rapids. The Hope Lodge offers no-charge lodging in a supportive, comfortable environment for cancer patients and their caregivers who are traveling from out of town to Grand Rapids for cancer treatment. Player registration and sponsorship opportunities are available online at or by contacting Linda Powers at the American Cancer Society at (616) 551-4052. Receiving cancer treatment in another city or state can add a financial and logistical burden to the already difficult experience of a cancer diagnosis, as few health care facilities provide lodging, and hotel bills add up quickly. The American Cancer Society (ACS) Hope Lodge, Peter M. Wege Guest House, which opened in February 2008 in Grand Rapids’ Heartside neighborhood at 129 Jefferson Ave. SE, helps adult cancer patients and caregivers lessen the burden of cancer by offering a home-like environment at no charge. “The American Cancer Society Hope Lodge Golf Invitational is a key part of our efforts to raise awareness and ongoing support of the Hope Lodge here in Grand Rapids,” said Linda Powers, distinguished events specialist with the ACS. “Our volunteer executive committee, chaired by Don Heeringa, president of Trendway Inc., is working diligently to organize a great day of golf, complete with live and silent auctions and an awards dinner. The community is encouraged to participate by registering a team, sponsoring the event, or making a donation to support the ongoing operations of the Hope Lodge and give hope to the hundreds of patients and caregivers each year who rely on the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge during their cancer journey.” Local author and award-winning newspaper columnist Tom Rademacher will join players on the course, as well as serve as the auctioneer during the evening awards dinner and reception. Signed copies of his new book, “Splitting Wood,” will be among the many unique live and silent auction items available. “Blythefield Country Club is proud to partner with the ACS in this very important […]

Feast on Artistry, authenticity at new Cinco de Mayo restaurant

October 15, 2009 // 0 Comments

Rockford’s new Cinco de Mayo restaurant has recently opened, peppering excitement for its authentic Mexican food and stunning art murals. Mariano Coronado, whose family oversees a dozen restaurants in five states, owns this new ingredient to downtown Rockford, located at 123 Courtland St., but Mariano brings his own special touch to Cinco de Mayo. “This is the first restaurant I’ve opened on my own, instead of partnering with other family members,” Coronado said. “The Rockford community is very nice and I’m excited to bring a new family restaurant to the area.” Cinco de Mayo’s brand-new 4,800 square-foot building features interior seating for over 100 people, outdoor seating overlooking the downtown district, a large bar, and high ceilings which accommodate the vast, vibrant murals by local ArtPrize artist, Rolando (Roli) Mancera. “I was very excited when Mariano called me about doing the murals for this new restaurant,” said Mancera, whose metal sculpture “Templo Maya” is on display at the DeVos Place. “This has been quite the experience working on such a large wall space instead of canvas.” Mancera is a 26-year-old Grand Rapids based, self-taught artist whose creative works have been featured in various galleries throughout Michigan. His skill with acrylics on paper, oil on canvas, and metal sculptures led him to this opportunity, creating murals depicting various scenes from Mexican history. Cinco de Mayo’s murals feature historical figures that embody the spirit of Mexico’s culture and strong character, as well as murals showing Guanajuato, Mexico (where both Coronado and Mancera were born), silver mine workers, mummies, and the Alley of the Kiss. “Some days I’ve been painting for 13 hours,” said Mancera. “I really appreciate the support of so many people these past weeks—Mariano, my wife Erika, and my fellow artist and friend Carmelo Lopez, who has provided creative assistance with these murals. Being able to combine my passion for art and history has been very rewarding.” Tom Cronkright, owner of Cronkright Ventures LLC and property developer for the Cinco de Mayo project, is equally pleased. “I stood in Cinco de Mayo recently and fully realized the beautiful transformation of this location. Mariano’s restaurant is a wonderful addition to Rockford.” Rockford City Manager Michael Young agrees this has been a successful development project and added, […]