Traverse Citys newest restaurant is a place where customers with hefty appetites can pig out on ham.
Restaurant veterans Jeff Mugerian and Dean Van Steenburg have a simple philosophy for their new eatery, the Happy Hog Café that opened in mid-January.
We want everybody to walk out of here with a hearty meal, says Mugerian, who has owned and operated several restaurants in Traverse City, including Peppers Grille. Nobodys gonna go hungry, thats for sure.
Open for breakfast and lunch, the Happy Hog Café is heavy on ham from Dearborn Ham, well-known for quality pork products.
Our customers will be enjoying ham that is handcarved off the bone, explained Van Steenburg, who has cooked and baked at many area businesses.
Before opening, Mugerian and Van Steenburg spent weeks refurbishing the location. The result is a fresh, clean look that features a black and white tile floor, orange walls, a black ceiling and Harley-Davidson memorabilia.
It looks like a Harley dealership, laughed Van Steenburg, a Harley lover. That fits right in with the Happy Hog theme.