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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One Delicious Drip

Kristi Kates - July 21st, 2014  

It took 10 years of travel, but what Danielle Charles and Mike Davies brought back to Petoskey was no ordinary souvenir. Instead, the couple built and opened , their homage to artisanal baking, old-world drinking chocolates, and handcrafted coffee brewing methods that echo a vintage laboratory experiment.


Their 10 years away included stints in Seattle, Vermont, and in England, where Davies worked as a barista.

But as they entered their thirties, they felt it was time to return to Michigan, especially since their entire families on both sides still live in the area.

“We felt that we needed to go out and experience living in different places and cultures before we settled for good,” said Davies, who grew up in Harbor Springs.

Opening Dripworks was a bit of a leap of faith for the couple.

“It’s difficult to explain in a few sentences, but I think it was always at the back of our minds, and we were just waiting for the right time and enough courage to do it,” said Charles, a native of Petoskey.

Cooking being a “personal obsession” with both, they dove into coffee and tea drinking when Davies gave up alcohol about five years ago.

“Coffee and tea became the center of our cafe,” Charles said. “They bring us together socially, force us to slow down and take breaks, and they are both crops that people invest a huge amount of care in from start to finish.”

With that in mind, Davies and Charles set out to create a space that was “the final link in the chain,” ensuring that ambience was worthy of the coffee and tea served there.


After a long time cutting out pictures, putting together Pinterest boards, and studying their favorite cafes, the couple slowly assembled Dripworks’ interior design.

The cherry on top? A massive, 20-year old collection of Michigan hardwood and cedar lumbered by Davies’ grandfather and gifted to the couple.

“We had a black and white color scheme, and decided for both practical and aesthetic reasons to do exposed piping and industrial conduits to get an industrial feel,” Charles said. “I think that everything really came together, however, when Mike’s grandfather donated his entire collection of wood to us.”

Davies’ grandfather’s garage and a few toolsheds were packed full of wood.

“He said he was saving it for a raining day, and we just felt so grateful to him,” Davies said. “[It] provided that last needed aspect that Dripworks was missing.”

A second gift of wood for the front window bar was donated by Charles’ cousin, who had inherited it from her grandfather.

“It felt really appropriate to have this gift from both of our grandfathers; it made the space really special,” Davies added.

Along with friends and family, Davies and Charles built the entire space themselves, including seats, floor, tiles, and countertops.

“To sit in a handmade seat is such a different experience than sitting in something made in a factory,” Davies said.


Davies and Charles source their beans from Grand Rapids artisan roaster Madcap Coffee, a direct trade roaster that visits and pays fair wages to all of the coffee farms they source their beans from.

The coffee menu is “kept fairly simple,” Davies said.

Regular brewed coffee; pour over coffee (a type of hand-brewed filter coffee); or siphon coffee, a method popular in Japan that looks slightly scientific as it’s being done.

“The siphon has become our most popular seller,” Davies said. “I think both because it’s something most people have never had, and because it’s fun to watch.”

Espresso drinks are listed by what they are (espresso + water; espresso + milk) in place of traditional Italian names.

The tea, from several different sources, is consolidated in a loose-leaf tea bar that features black, oolong, green, and seasonal herbal teas.

“We serve all our tea in traditional tea ware, and give the customer extra hot water so they can re-infuse their tea multiple times,” Charles said.


Davies, a professional baker, makes the pastries from scratch every morning, and is inspired by seasonal, organic ingredients.

Selections so far have included harissa and Swiss croissants, mini-quiche tartlets, and a range of pastries, and they plan to add even more over time as the shop grows.

“Mike is pretty modest, so I will tell you that his pastries are out of this world,” said Charles, a food writer.

So far, Dripworks’ devotion to quality ingredients and a top-notch experience is steadily gaining them more customers.

“I think one of our customers said it best when she told us that Dripworks was a place to savor, where you can get something really special,” Charles said. “We hope we can continue to live up to that.”

Dripworks Coffee is located at 207 Howard St. in downtown Petoskey. Hours Tues.-Sun., 8am-4pm, closed Mondays. Telephone (231) 838-9875, or visit dripworkscoffee.com.

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