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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Jolly‘s in Petoskey

Kristi Kates - August 16th, 2010
Cookie Magic: Jolly’s opens in Petoskey
By Kristi Kates
“When you say the word ‘Petoskey’ downstate, it’s like throwing magic
in the air,” says Jolly’s Cookies and Cafe founder and owner Keith
Jolly. “People always get that dreamy look on their face. What’s not
to love about the Petoskey area? The scenery is spectacular, the local
people are a delight - it’s all here.”
Keith Jolly is a man who knows downstate. For years, he worked as a
photographer’s representative in the Detroit area, most recently for
Troy, Michigan’s Hot Wired Creative; his clients and colleagues were
often treated to Jolly’s picture-perfect homemade cookies, and raved
over the cookies so much that it helped give Jolly confidence when it
came time to change careers after over 30 years in the same
“Part of my job was to keep advertising clients current with the
photographers’ current work,” Jolly explains, “this was accomplished
by having meetings and presentations. When presenting, it was
customary to bring food in, and somehow I stumbled across baking my
own cookies for these events. Then it got to a point where if I didn’t
have time to bake my own cookies, and I bought someone else’s, the
clients would complain it wasn’t the real thing - I wouldn’t even tell
them I had substituted the cookies - they just knew,” he chuckles.

As Jolly continued his cookie-baking hobby - even winning a plethora
of ribbons at Michigan State Fair baking competitions - people
continued to tell him that he needed to sell his baked goods on a
professional level.
“My response was always, ‘if you had to pay for them, it would be a
different story,’” Jolly says.
But he did seriously start thinking about it, and spent the next few
years visiting shops and doing further research. With Petoskey already
being a favorite destination, it was fairly easy to choose where to go
in order to kick off his new venture - but then the challenges started
piling up, even for a man with three solid decades of business
“When you set off to start anything new, there is a learning curve
upon entry,” Jolly explains, “I had a lot more to learn about the
business than making a good cookie, and even baking a cookie is a lot
more than flour and butter.”
So in addition to figuring out the food aspect and learning about
construction, codes, and health and safety regulations, I took a few
classes like Barista 101, among others,” he continues, “talked with
other cafe owners, and found a food service rep, Mike Ewing, who took
a lot of time to help and guide me. But most of all, I have a wife and
son that encouraged me and kept me going over every hurdle.”

Jolly and his team started with architectural drawings in October of
2009 - with a plan to revamp an existing building in downtown Petoskey
- and opened their doors at the end of June of this year.
“Our building is 20 feet wide and 96 feet long,” Jolly explains, “it
had been a downtown market for many years, and has 12 foot high
original tin ceilings. In the rear of the store, there is a section we
now refer to as WiFi Alley; we tried to have an electrical outlet
located at each table for our laptop friends. We will also be adding
more artwork as the season progresses.”
Coffee is another staple of the cafe, the perfect complement, of
course, to Jolly’s Cookies.
“We offer gourmet fair trade coffees from all over the world, along
with blended cold drinks,” Jolly says. “Cookies, of course, are our
staple, and we try to have weekly and seasonal offerings with those.”
His cookies range from simple to exotic; some of the recipes he’s
concocted to date include Orange Chocolate Chip, Cranberry Spice, and
Lemon Shortbread with Lemon Creme Cheese filling. With so many
Detroit-area execs now trying to find out how they can once again
acquire Jolly’s cookies, he’s also slowly working on his website, and
hopes to be offering his famed cookies via mail order within a few
Cookie jars, jams, and cupcakes are companion offerings to the cookies
themselves, and the rest of the menu is set to expand soon, too; but,
as Jolly says, they’re still working out the little things.

“Our intention was to open in May and not the end of June,” he
explains, “but for now, the summer is dedicated to providing our
customers the best possible cookies, sandwiches, salads and beverages
we possibly can. We’re striving to offer as many products that are
produced in Michigan as we can, from the beef and turkey in our
sandwiches to the roasters of our coffees; we are currently using
Coffee Express, a Michigan Independent Roaster in Plymouth.”
And is there still “magic” in Petoskey for Jolly after all of this
hard work? You bet. He’s glad to be part of Petoskey’s roster of
downtown businesses, and he and his family aren’t going anywhere else
any time soon.
“We’re hoping that this fall we can get more involved with community
projects because, after all, that’s what brought us here over fifteen
years ago - community!” he says.

Jolly’s Cookies and Cafe is located at 440 East Mitchell Street in
downtown Petoskey, telephone 231-622-8900. Summer hours are Monday
through Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., with some “experimental Sundays” 10
a.m. to 3 p.m.

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