Happy Hour

A weekly snapshot of Happy Hours around the region…

Everyday, open-7 p.m., $1.75 highballs, $2.50 house chardonnay, $2.00 drafts, $1.00 off everything else.
310 Cass St., Traverse City

Sunday-Thursday, 3-6 p.m., $1 off all drinks.
422 North 5th St., Roscommon

Lulu's Bistro
Thursdays, 5-9 p.m., $3 wells, $2 off drafts, select $5 wines.
213 N. Bridge St., Bellaire

Boyne River Inn
Everyday, 3-6 p.m., 1/4 off drinks.
229 Water St., Boyne City
Rendezvous Lounge, Odawa Casino
Thursday & Friday, $2.25 domestic drafts, $3.25 well drinks, $3.25 house wine.
1760 Lears Rd., Petoskey

Choice Bits!

Round-the-region snapshots of the dining scene. 

RUTHIE'S CHICKEN & DAIRY TWIST: Roasted chicken and ice cream, malts and shakes.
201 N. Bridge Ln., Bellaire. 213­-533­-8538.

Practically an Up North institution, the place to find out the latest fishing or snowmobile news from the locals and visitors who gather for their hearty breakfasts, steaks, burgers, soup & salad bar, & homemade desserts.
10921 Main St., Honor. 231­ 352­6585.

When you've worked up an appetite from all the bowling and karaoke that Boyne City Lanes has to offer, you'll find a selection of hearty fare to choose from, including homemade soups & desserts. Cocktails are served at the Lanes,with live entertainment and glow ­bowling nights.
1199 West Boyne Road, 231-­582­-6353.

Open 7 days a week for lunch & dinner. Full Chinese menu, as well as Hunan & Szechuan entrees.  Daily specials, special combination plates,  a lunch & dinner All You Can Eat Buffet. 
616 S. Mitchell St., Cadillac, 231­-876­-8888.

Take a trip back to the '50s where chili dogs & frosted mugs of root beer are still served up by carhops at this All ­American institution. Elvis has been known to make an appearance during their annual summer “A&W Cruise Night” in August, as do cars from the 50’s and 60’s that we remember well.
At the bottom of the hill, 21 Lake St., Frankfort,  231-­352-­9021.

From Antler Ale to Wolverine Wheat, Big Buck specializes in microbrewed beers. Offering the usual beef and buffalo burgers, steaks, and ribs, plus more unusual fare, like their portabella sandwich with red onion marmalade and provolone cheese.
550 S. Wisconsin Avenue, Gaylord, 989­-732-­5781.

A refined atmosphere, subdued lighting, and an appetizing selection of epicurean treats awaits the diner at this Harbor Springs corner landmark. Menu selections range from their smoked whitefish ravioli appetizer to their Atlantic salmon, baked polenta and eggplant, tomato basil fettuccine, or filet mignon ­ and their brunches include one of the best versions of Eggs Benedict around.
101 State Street, downtown across from Bar Harbor, 231­-526-­1904.

Pool tables, a full bar, friendly service and a varied menu make the Village Inn popular with families and locals.  Dinners include Lamb Skewers, Blue Corn Enchiladas, Charbroiled Whitefish, Lasagna and Ribeye.  Also burgers, sandwiches, salads, appetizers and pizza.  Lunch and Dinner.
Just north of the blinking light 116601 Lacorre Ave. on M­22,  Empire. 231-326­-5101.

One of Petoskey's first restaurants, Jesperson's is famous for homemade pies and fresh turkey. Breakfast and lunch.
312 Howard, Petoskey, 231­-347­-3601.
Located in Building 50, grilled panini's, soups, wraps, baked goods, specialty coffees and teas.
1200 W. 11th St., Traverse City, 231-­947­-7740.

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Lumberjack‘s Bar & Grill

Danielle Horvath - March 16th, 2009
So what do you do in this economic downturn in the automotive industry if you are a former auto salesman? If you are Paul Schell and Rich Lewis, you buy a shuttered bar/restaurant in Benzie County and bring it back to life. Thus, the former Sleepy Bear Lounge on US 31 in Honor has been reinvented as Lumberjack’s Bar & Grill.
The bar/restaurant has been an Honor institution for decades. The original building was the town hotel for years and was rebuilt after having endured three fires in 20 years, the last in 1984.
Schell and Lewis, along with their wives, Mindy and Tina, met 10 years ago. Between their friendship, business experience and desire to get involved in the community, they have remodeled, refurbished and opened for business on February 27. They picked Lumberjack’s as a reflection of the lumbering history of the area.
Although neither had a burning desire to open a bar/restaurant, they both decided this was a good opportunity, and if the community response is any indication, they made a wise choice.
“It’s been unreal,” Schell said. “We have people stop in every day telling us how glad
they are that we are reopening the place.
They’ve missed the meeting spot, the homemade pizza, the entertainment, and we are bringing all of that back and adding more.”
Lumberjack’s is not only bringing back the popular homemade pizza recipe that came with the restaurant, they are offering the village delivery service for pizza and their carry out menu. “We want to be part of what the community needs, and we wanted to offer a delivery service. There will also be weekly specials, pool tournaments, karaoke and ladies night specials, and we will be bringing back live rock and country bands on the weekends,” Schell said.

The new owners have appreciated the support from the local business and banking communities. “We are buying locally whenever we can and will do so as long as supplies are available. The Honor Family Market, Honor Hardware and the Honor State Bank have all been great to work with.”
With three new flat screen TVs, remodeled and updated bathrooms, and a completely redone kitchen, they plan to keep many of the old menu items while adding some specialties of their own.
Open for lunch and dinner, Lumberjack’s Bar & Grill features a signature nacho cheese soup along with homemade chili; steak and shrimp specials on Friday; and all you can eat spaghetti nights on Wednesday. Monday will feature Mexican specials, with pizza specials all day Sunday. Dinners are in the $10 range and lunches average $5. The partners will offer all the regular beers on tap, including Bud Light, Molson, Miller Lite, Busch, Killians and Samuel Adams. They have a general selection of wine and have increased their mixed drink and carry out menus.
Schell and Lewis plan to be hands-on owners, whether tending bar, making pizza, shooting pool or greeting customers. Their wives will help manage the bar and restaurant.
The business has created eight new jobs in the tiny village, with former Sleepy Bear Lounge cook Josh McCrae once again manning the kitchen. “We didn’t even need to advertise. People just came in and we hired as we decided what we needed,” Schell said.

Lumberjack’s Bar & Grill is open seven days, Sun – Thursday 11 – 1 a.m. and weekends 11 – 2 a.m. For info on up-coming bands or specials, call 231-325-2262.

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