Leelanau County Restaurants Close or Hit the Market

Leelanau County Restaurants Close or Hit the Market

In the last two or three years, a handful of Leelanau County's most iconic and restaurant and tavern destinations have suddenly closed or surprised all and come to market.  What's driving these changes and what will it mean for the up north food scene? 
 
CEDAR TAVERN - FOR SALE
 
"The iconic Cedar Tavern in the heart of Leelanau County hit the market this week with a listing price of $1.2M.
 
According to realtors Janel and Taylor Browns’ listing, 'This beloved establishment is a go-to spot for locals and visitors alike. Under the same management for over 45 years, the Cedar Tavern is one of the most popular destinations in Leelanau County with a 4.5-star rating on Google. Numerous improvements to the property have been made in the past few years including a new outdoor patio area with seating for 20. The expansive upstairs, currently used for storage, was in previous years rented out for additional income. Price includes real estate, fixtures & equipment, liquor license and adjacent parcel which is currently being used for parking.'"
 
Read the whole Glen Arbor Sun article HERE.
 
FISCHER'S HAPPY HOUR - TO CLOSE
 
"Fischer's Happy Hour Tavern will be closing its doors at the end of the year after 51 years in business in Leelanau County, the owners announced Sunday.

Kristi Fischer and partner Brian Hafner have operated the tavern in recent years after taking over from Kristi’s parents, Paul and Lori Fischer. In a statement on Facebook Sunday, the owners announced with a "heavy heart" that Fischer's will close around January 1 and not reopen.

'After 51 years in business, this is not a decision we came to lightly," the post states. "We love and appreciate all of our patrons and our staff, and those who know us know that this decision is based soley on whats best for our family. We have poured our hearts and souls into our business and have come to the hard conclusion that we were both ready to take a step back. We hope that people can try to understand, because we certainly understand how much the Happy Hour means to our community. In our hearts Brian and I just know that it is time.'"

Read the whole Leelanau Ticker article (by Beth Milligan) HERE.

 
LITTLE TRAVERSE INN - FOR SALE
 
Little Traverse Inn and Gastro Pub in the heart of Leelanau County (149 East Harbor Hwy, Maple City), was listed for sale...Nicole Anderson of Coldwell Banker Schmidt Realtors tells the Leelanau Ticker.
 
Anderson is not only the listing agent, but also a longtime staff member of what many in the region consider “the community’s living room.”
 
'It’s as much a locals’ spot,” she says, “as a destination for people who drive up from Grand Rapids just to have lunch. People love talking with Graeme [Leask, the proprietor] and the cozy family atmosphere.'
 
Read the whole Leelanau Ticker article (by Emily Tyra) HERE.

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