LOOK: Longtime Bar and Restaurant in Downtown Traverse City Up For Sale
Always wanted to buy a bar? A popular bar and restaurant in a historic building downtown Traverse City is for sale... but it isn't cheap.
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Mackinaw Brewing Company at 161 E. Front St. downtown Traverse City is on the market for $4,950,000.
According to the listing, "Traverse City's Original Brewpub" is also in "Traverse City's best location":
Yes, the best. Not only on the main corner - but with a view of the river and the bay that is yours forever. This highly successful restaurant/brew pub in a legacy location awaits its next generational owner. A thriving business with so many additional possibilities - rental suites on the second floor, a rooftop bar, a lower level walkout. Restaurant comes fully equipped and is completely turn key. 2000+ Mug Club members. A brilliant future awaits whoever is lucky enough to own this property. A rare opportunity.
The $4.95 million asking price includes both the business and the building, which was built in 1900.
According to the Traverse City Record Eagle, the site was a once a storefront in the 1850s, and served as a livery where people could hire horses, buggies, and wagons in the late 1800s.
The current building, the Beadle Building, was erected in 1900 from Greilickville brick. It housed a pharmacy, Cunningham Drugs, until the 1970s. After that, a Big Boy restaurant until 1997, when Mackinaw Brewing Company launched. The current owners, Rod and Lisa Langbo bought the business in 2002. They say they're now ready to retire, the Record Eagle reports.
I've eaten at Mackinaw Brewing Co. on a few trips to Traverse City and always liked it! My husband, in particular, is a big fan of their craft beers and smoked meats. I'll be interested to see if the next owners keep it the same or switch it up.