An often funny, sometimes poignant, and always entertaining account of the gone-but-not-forgotten eateries that once graced the Grand Rapids area. One of the author’s favorite stories involves the Pantlind Hotel restaurants, along with others in the downtown area, that combined to create a mountain of garbage. Garbage was fed to denizens of city piggeries, but the hotel owner, also a farmer, thought his own hogs should pig out on the best garbage in town. The mayor sued him and won custody of hotel garbage. President Gerald Ford was a high school student working part time at Bill’s Place when his biological father showed up at the restaurant and spilled the beans.