During a two-hour meeting yesterday, lawyers and owners of both The Grand River Times and Butch’s Beach Burritos tentatively agreed terms for an out-of-court settlement, which both sides hope will avoid the lengthy and costly court case which otherwise could have resulted from the lawsuit filed at Ottawa County District Court yesterday morning by Butch’s. The lawsuit alleges that a recent news article by The Times, about a 96-year-old Japanese soldier found living behind the famous burrito shack, has caused major disruption in their day-to-day business operations, and generated so many phone calls that customer-orders were suffering significant delays, and the popular restaurant was forced to hire a full-time receptionist.
While specific terms of the agreement are being sealed under a Confidentiality Agreement, we are able to report that yesterday’s meeting, despite being tense at times, ended amicably, as I issued a personal apology on behalf of the paper and shook hands with the Main-Butch, the Top-Butch and the Head-Butch, 3 of the 5 “Butches” who have been “Butch” in the franchise’s 73-year history (who are all in town for this weekend’s 32nd Annual Butch-Fest).
With that crisis averted, we can get back to focusing on the News. We hope that all of you have a safe and happy Memorial Day Weekend, and don’t forget your hats and gloves if you plan to go swimming at the beach.
On a more personal note, it’s hard to believe The Grand River Times is not even six days old! It feels much more like seven or eight, even nine in certain moments. As our website nears 300,000 page views, we’d like to thank everyone for the LIkes and Shares and Follows and Comments – and please keep them coming (so we can keep going). Because our first week has gone better than we’d hoped for, I’ve been talked into letting our staff leave early tonight, so they can attend this evening’s big Third-Anniversary Party at Grand Haven’s C2C Gallery. Have fun at the party – Congratulations on 3 years C2C!! – and have a great holiday-weekend everyone.
Duncan J. Stuart III
The Grand River Times