Butch’s Beach Burritos & The Grand River Times ‘Shake Hands’

butchs-editorialDuring 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
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  10 comments for “Butch’s Beach Burritos & The Grand River Times ‘Shake Hands’

  1. legal girl
    May 23, 2014 at 10:08 am

    Nothing better than a sealed settlement. Bravo on all counts!

    Have a safe and blessed Memorial Day weekend.

  2. Ruth
    May 23, 2014 at 10:15 am

    Kudos! I can’t wait for another installment of your fine journalistic talents! Hope Memorial Day provides you with a host of new story lines. Have a great weekend, and Let’s Go Summer!!!

  3. Mark Sanchez
    May 23, 2014 at 10:43 am

    It is great to hear that you have settled your dispute amicably and peacefully. I would have hated to see the situation get out of control and escalate to the point where you folks ended up getting Butch-slapped up and down Harbor Drive and frightening the tourists.

    • May 23, 2014 at 10:51 am

      We are in complete agreement. Thanks.

    • susan
      June 11, 2014 at 10:05 pm

      now that’s funny, butch-slapped!

  4. Ed
    May 24, 2014 at 10:00 am

    I would like to suggest a Burrito named after the mirth called “The 96-year-old Japanese soldier” maybe a Asian-Mexican fusion with Sushi rice and Pork Tonkatsu ,,

  5. Dave Brunette
    May 28, 2014 at 10:16 pm

    I would like to know more about this if possible!

    • May 28, 2014 at 10:18 pm

      Do you have a specific question that we can answer?

      • Miriam
        June 9, 2014 at 7:17 pm

        When can we look forward to the 2nd issue? Love it!

  6. Jim Clark
    June 6, 2014 at 10:40 pm

    Clever hoax. I’d give the author an A in my creative writing class.

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