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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Cooper‘s Pub & Grill

Kristi Kates - May 23rd, 2011
There’s a new restaurant in town - well, city, that is, and Boyne City, to be specific. That restaurant, Cooper’s Pub and Grill, has taken over the old 220 Lake Street locale courtesy of its founder, Patrick Schaller. It’s already made a big splash among locals, and is poised to be an even bigger draw for this year’s crop of tourists old and new.
Schaller, who was a restaurant investor in the past, says that actually owning and running his own restaurant is a new venture to him; his prior work was mostly in advertising and other unrelated projects.
“I invested in restaurants from a financial perspective, but I have never had the chance to be hands-on,” he explains. “But I’m used to working with customers, and I’m excited for the new challenge and opportunity.”
Schaller says he spent last winter reviewing various books on traditional pubs, and found that each pub had its own “character and energy,” which is what he wanted to create in Boyne City. He also wanted the restaurant to embody the feel of the region it would reside in.
“I wanted it to be a community-friendly pub environment,” he says.
The logo for Schaller’s restaurant features a likeness of his dog, Cooper, looking out over a lake, accompanied by morel mushrooms.
“To me, the logo visually describes Northern Michigan.”  

Three “components” of Northern Michigan dining are being executed through Schaller’s restaurant, namely the Brick Room, Cooper’s Loft, and the pub/grill itself. Schaller explains the differences.
“With the help of designer Cindifranco’s of Boyne City, we gave the various rooms a more modern, chic appearance,” he says. “Our main dining room and bar, located between the outside patio and the adjoining Brick Room, is where most of the action takes place, with modern light fixtures, a banquette, and televisions.”
“The connecting Brick Room has a banquette, a refinished floor, and modern lighting as well as televisions,” he continues, “and we also have the upstairs bar and banquet room named Cooper’s Loft with new carpet, a new speaker system, a refinished bar, and new lighting fixtures. All three spaces can cater to live entertainment, spirits, and food.”

For the food, Schaller worked with head chef Don Fuson and sous chef Rick Forreider.
“They are both a great deal of fun, and have been working diligently to craft an array of tasty food,” Schaller says.
A SOBO Sandwich - named after the up-and-coming arts district that has been constantly evolving in Boyne City - features stacked ham, coleslaw, and swiss cheese on a roll with lettuce, tomato, and housemade dressing.
Other specialties include the restaurant’s hickory-smoked ribs, broasted chicken, the Cooper’s Specialty Burger, and their signature mushroom sghtoup.
But Schaller points out that there’s still more on the way.
“Cooper’s menu is continually changing, and we’re excited to have some great specials this summer,” he says.
Entertainment is also on the bill, with Schaller planning to host live bands and performers throughout the summer; a grand opening last weekend got the ball rolling for this new and ambitious Boyne City hangout.

Cooper’s Pub and Grill is located at 220 S. Lake Street in downtown Boyne City, telephone 231-582-2271 or 800-290-4360. More info may be found online at the restaurant’s website, coopersdowntown.com.
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