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ST LOUIS-STYLE BARBECUE RESTAURANT COMING TO DOWNTOWN MIDLAND - MLive, by Bob Johnson
July 10, 2018

MLive

MIDLAND, MI -- A Bay City restaurateur is opening an upscale barbecue joint in downtown Midland.

David Dittenber, who owns Old City Hall, American Kitchen and Tavern 101 in downtown Bay City, opens his next restaurant -- Molasses -- in downtown Midland later this year.

"We have been looking at bringing our group to Midland for several years and this is the perfect opportunity," Dittenber said. "The timing for us to invest in downtown Midland is now with the community's commitment to downtown."

Midland's downtown is currently going through a renaissance of sorts following a $7.2 million streetscape project that gave the district a new, modern look. A new Italian restaurant, Gratzi, opened earlier this year. In May 2017, the multi-million dollar The H Residence development also opened.

The barbecue establishment opens in the former Journey's Coffee House at 201 E. Main. It will feature St. Louis-style BBQ defined by a key ingredient: molasses. A menu is still being finalized.

Kurt Busard, former food and beverage manager at the Midland Country Club will be in charge of the day-to-day operations at the new restaurant.

"Kurt's knowledge and relationship with Midland makes for a great opportunity downtown," Dittenber said.

"We are thrilled that Dave's successful restaurant company will be adding its first Midland location," said David Ramaker, interim president of the Michigan Baseball Foundation. "Another quality restaurant and bar option on Main Street with outdoor seating will help bring more residents and visitors downtown, strengthen the overall business environment and encourage additional investment downtown."