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12 In Your Town: Taking a peek inside the historic Davison Hotel

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The Davison Hotel has been around since the 1880s, but it only serves diners now.

DAVISON, Mich. (WJRT) - The Davison Hotel's name may confuse some guests. 

The relatively new restaurant is located in a building from the 1880s. But there are no guest rooms for rent.

"Although we still get phone calls once and a while. People want to know how much it is for a room," said Operations Manager Susan Pitock.

The Davison Hotel restaurant is a gastropub.

"The gastropub is more like the feel," Pitock said. "It's not just like a regular bar. It's also the meal that comes with it. It's more shareables. It's more down-home type food."

There's something for everyone on the menu.

"We are very family-friendly. We have a nice kid's menu," Pitock said.

Besides the food, it's all about the ambiance. She said everything in the Davison Hotel has a story behind it -- from the bar made of old barn wood to the building itself.

"Rumor has it that it was actually a brothel way back in the day as well," Pitock said.

She wants guests to feel welcomed in the space. Being from Davison, she's proud to offer something different in the heart of the community.

"We don't want to have to leave, you know?" Pitock said. "I mean, it is nice to be able to go try towards the Detroit area and go try something different. But it's also nice to be like, 'Hey, where do you want to go tonight and hang out?'"

The Davison Hotel has an upstairs bar open on Friday and Saturday nights, where more of the building's history comes alive. It features original doors bearing the original room numbers.

There's a century-old bathtub in the darts room.

"It was a little bit too heavy to move down, so we figured we'd try to make some space with it," Pitock said.

The men's bathroom has a floor made of beer bottle caps. She spent 10 hours laying the caps by hand.

The gastropub offers 30 beers on tap, along with several ciders.

"Customers get that experience. They get like a downhome feel. They get really comfortable coming in here," Pitock said. "So that's one of the things we love about this place."