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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Triple the Dining Experience

Kristi Kates - May 12th, 2014  

Three restaurants in one building is Harbor Springs’ newest triple threat.

A 7,500 sq.-ft., 70’s-era behemoth is now Vernale’s Chop House, Sports Bar, and Wine Cellar, a place where diners of all ages and styles have something to enjoy.


Joe Guthrie, Vernales’ owner and director of operations, said the three-in-one concept was created to cater to a range of clientele.

“At Vernales, you will feel comfortable stopping in after a long day of work, from the beach, on date night, an evening with friends, or a family dinner,” he said.

While the Wine Cellar features intimate fine dining, the Chop House is more family-friendly. The Sports Bar is fun, fireside/patio dining, with plenty of TVs and a sports-bar menu.

“We cannot wait for our guests to experience it,” Guthrie said.


Guthrie and co-owner Keith Lynch, who is also executive chef, have been friends for years, and had often discussed teaming up to open a restaurant.

“Last summer I drove by, saw that the building was for sale, and called Keith to tell him I thought we should put something together,” he said. “The very next day, we began working toward purchasing the restaurant.”

The building had formerly housed Tapparooney’s and The Flying Dutchman. It had been sitting vacant for many years, so it required a great deal of work to get it restaurant-worthy again.

“There have been five of us working around the clock since the beginning of December,” he said. “We have renovated nearly every inch of the building, and we’re very  happy with the results so far. We have also been able to incorporate a few of the original aspects of the building into the design.”


While some of the menu items may sound familiar, as they’re often staples on the menus of many Northern Michigan restaurants, Guthrie said that Vernales’ staff and generous portions will set them apart.

“[Chef] Keith [Lynch] is experienced in preparing high-quality meals in a timely manner for large venues, having served as executive chef at Teddy Griffin’s Roadhouse for several years, and opening his own restaurant, Goodfellow’s, on Mackinac Island,” Guthrie said.

The partners hope to become a regular stop for permanent residents and visitors alike, and will kick off the summer in style by opening the patio on Memorial Day weekend.

Along with their lunch and dinner service, the restaurant plans on serving up happy hours and live entertainment.

“I look forward to meeting everyone,” he said. “So just stop in to try us out, and ask for Joe.”

Restaurant is located at 3018 M-119 between Harbor Springs and Petoskey; telephone (231) 242-4777. Visit them online at vernales.com.

  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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