(03/12/14) - Over a four day span, the Bavarian Inn's Rooftop Garten went through quite the transformation. It has since re-opened as the all new 'Michigan on Main Bar and Grill.'
"We are thrilled. We had a nice renovation. It was quick. When you talk about extreme makeovers, that's what happened," said Amy Zehnder Grossi, Michigan on Main general manager.
The Garten's kitchen was gutted, the bar too, and the dining room redecorated. It's the first major overhaul to the Bavarian Inn restaurant since 1987.
"We have to balance our tradition with some of the more trendier types of foods," Zehnder Grossi said.
Michigan on Main's menu features items with names like the Maize and Blue, Sparty Tailgate Party, and the Mighty Mac, with most of the food raised and grown locally.
"We have our apples out of southern Michigan, potatoes out of Posen, pork sourced from Frankentrost, trout offered up for Lake Huron, navy beans from the Saginaw Valley, and cheese from Pinconning," said Phil Fahrenbruch, Michigan on Main executive chef.
"Twelve on tap, and there are 140 breweries in Michigan at this time, so we have a selection to last us for years," said Bill Chapman, bar division manager.
The bar itself was even made in Frankenmuth, with stones from the Upper Penninsula.
Despite the changeover from the Rooftop Garten to Michigan on Main, Zehnder Grossi say some things remain the same.
"Our other 12 dining rooms are still showcasing our Frankenmuth style chicken dinners and our German entrees. This is still Bavarian Inn, chicken is still here," she said.
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