Restaurant evacuated after bomb threat Tuesday

Becky Vargo • Jul 21, 2015 at 12:00 PM

The building was searched, but nothing was found, said Lt. Renee Freeman of the Grand Haven Department of Public Safety.

Someone called Jeanne’s Café, 949 Robbins Road, at about 9:50 a.m. and said there was a bomb in the building, Freeman said. The owner immediately called 911 and police evacuated the building.

“He said ‘You need to leave, there’s a bomb,’ or ‘There’s a bomb, you need to leave,” said restaurant owner Jeanne Welling who took the call. “Then he just hung up.”

Welling said she was very upset and wasn’t sure exactly the way the statement was made.

She said she asked, “Do I take this seriously,” when a couple of restaurant patrons coming in the door said “Absolutely.”

Welling said she immediately called 911.

Police were on the scene within a minute or two and evacuated the building, the owner said.

“There were maybe nine people here,” Welling said. “Usually on New Year’s Day people come in a little later.”

Welling said she sent her staff home, and then went across the street to wait.

“We just turned everything off and left the building,” she said.

“They roped off the block,” Welling said. “They brought in a bomb-sniffing dog.

The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department was called to assist with their K9 explosives team, Freeman said. “A search of the building was conducted and no explosives located.”

Robbins Road was closed from Ferry Street to U.S. 31 until about 11:15 a.m.

Welling said she was still very upset this morning.

“I work very hard at this business,” she said. “I don’t know why anyone would do something like this.

Welling said they reopened the restaurant just before noon.

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