Cast Iron Kitchen opens Traverse City restaurant in former McGee’s 31 space near Chums Corner, Habibi Middle Eastern Coney & Curry moves to Cherryland Center, new cafe and coworking space Cut & Run opens in Breakwater building District warehouse, and many other businesses are moving in The ticker latest look at local restaurants and retail news.
Cast iron kitchen
After first opening a Manton location in 2016 and a Cadillac location in 2021, Cast Iron Kitchen is opening its first Traverse City location in the former McGee’s 31 space near Chums Corner in early July.
Owner Larry Bunge describes the restaurant as offering “casual family dining” for breakfast, lunch and dinner. “It’s old school: good food at very affordable prices,” he says. “The menu is huge. We have over 90 items. Breakfast is a big one; we sell lots of omelets and cookies and gravy, and we have a special sunrise meal on weekday mornings for $7.99. We sell a lot of different burgers and sandwiches, and we do fish fry on Fridays. »
Bunge says he and his mother, who started the business, looked to the Chums Corner area “because there seemed to be a void and an emptiness there, and it seemed like the perfect place for us.” The McGee’s building was “in great condition,” Bunge said, adding that it was completing some minor touch-ups before opening. Bunge says the early hours of July will likely be 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., seven days a week, in a bid to expand dinner service into August.
Habibi Middle East Coney & Curry
After what he describes as a whirlwind first year at 124 Cochlin Avenue next to the Super 7 – topping $1 million in sales – owner Brent Temple is moving his restaurant Habibi Middle Eastern Coney & Curry to the former Opa! space at the Cherryland Center. Temple has shuttered its old space and is awaiting final inspections for its new, expanded restaurant, which it hopes to open in early July. The same menu will continue, including customer favorites like shawarma, Middle Eastern platters, chickpea and tabbouleh salads, as well as more adventurous dishes like camel, kangaroo and wild boar meat.
Habibi, which means “my love” in Arabic, will offer a take-out, take-out and delivery service. With the recent closure of the Traverse City Curling Club on the former Kmart space with plans to open a regional curling center this fall, Temple is excited about the opportunity to be part of a revival of the Cherryland Center. “It’s all about location, location, location,” he says. “It was a quick leap to get to where we are. We have come a long way very quickly.
cut and run
Innovo Development Group, the company behind the Breakwater development on Garland Street in the Warehouse District, plans to open a new 2,400 square foot cafe and coworking space called Cut & Run in the building towards the end of July (Photo).
Innovo’s Jordan Marmul says the space will function as a traditional public cafe and lounge – with espressos, lattes and other beverages, as well as take-out dining options – and will also have workspaces for those wishing to stay longer, including work booths and tables with power outlets. Private booths and more soundproof meeting rooms will also be available, likely on a reservation system, Marmul says.
“We’re refining the comfort of sitting down and working a few hours at a time,” she says. “Especially when everyone is working from home now, it provides the opportunity to get out of the house and work somewhere else.” Hours are still being finalized, but Marmul says Cut & Run will likely be open seven days a week, from early morning until late afternoon.
Other openings, closures, expansions and moves…
> Traverse City Bike Shop Mission cycles is moving from East Eighth Street to a new, expanded space at 902 West Front Street. The new space is 3,500 square feet, “which allows us to carry a lot more items,” says owner Pat Karpowski, including paddle boards, an expanded selection of new bikes/rentals/accessories, e-bikes , scooters and winter equipment including cross-country skis. , snowboards and full tuning of skis and snowboards. Mission Cycles is planning a grand opening with free giveaways at the new store on July 1.
> With Cherry Republic’s impending takeover of the Arcade building on Front Street this fall, tenant and store Arcade Bruise in the face got a new location. The main store moved downstairs to a pop-up ground floor location for the summer, and opened a second location at 3985 Beitner Road between Jet’s Pizza and AT&T at the intersection of Chums Corner. After September 1, the Beitner location – which will focus more on clothing, metaphysical, apothecary and disc golf items, as well as a take-out kava bar – will become Blue’s sole outlet. in the Face.
> Several fitness and wellness businesses are expanding or relocating to Traverse City. In addition to offering personal training, Formative fitness is expanding its space on State Street, adding new amenities (including a platoon) as well as key fobs and security to offer 24/7 memberships on a limited basis. Founder Sebastian Garbsch calls memberships “a great option for those downtown who don’t have a gym and want to train with a trainer or on their own 24/7, remotely.” Steps “. The gym also offers 15- and 30-minute stretch breaks for “people who want to start feeling better and may not be ready to embark on a full workout regimen,” says Garbsch. Somewhere else, Yoga & Fitness officially opened its new studio last week within the Delamar Hotel on East Front Street, offering over 40 classes per week with multiple membership and hosting options. And at 400 West Front Street (Suite 200), professional spa and beauty clinic Eternal well-being held a grand opening celebration this month. The company offers facial and body treatments, injectables, hair removal, massage therapy and health coaching.
> Many restaurants previously reported by The ticker have opened their doors or are about to launch. rough pony, a new cash-only cafe and juice bar from Rose and Fern owner Becky Tranchell, recently opened in the Warehouse Market building on Hall Street. Also downtown, new patio bar and restaurant North bar celebrated its grand opening on June 17 above Brasserie Amie on Front Street, with a menu from restaurant veteran Ralph Humes (Soul Hole, Mana). Down the street at 541 West Front Street, husband and wife team Andy Elliot and Emily Stewart have set an opening date of July 6 for a new brunch, lunch and dinner. modern bird. Mundos Roasting Company has just launched not one but two new cafes downtown: a small take-out store with outdoor seating called Mundos West at 720 West Front Street and a sprawling cafe with more seating and an expanded menu called World 305 at 305 Front Street West. Front Street Cafe Brew also unveiled new cocktail menus and revamped dishes last week, in time for the summer season. To finish, The Burrow – a new California-inspired American restaurant from the owners of Mama Lu’s and The Flying Noodle – is set to open later this week in the former Tuscan Bistro space in Greilickville, pending final inspections.
> More food deals are on deck this summer in the TC downtown area. After a failed deal in May for Conifer to take over The Dish Cafe on Union Street, Dish owners Patty Hickman and Randy Waclawski have started offering a periodic pop-up service with popular menu items as they search for new owners to take over the business. Hickman and Waclawski went on hiatus last week, but will be offering takeout again in mid-July, according to a Facebook post. A new food truck outside SideTraxx on Franklin Street called Out of Traxx street food offers a variety of quick-serve options, including brats, hot dogs, mashed burgers, and fried finger foods. The truck runs Wednesday to Thursday from 5 a.m. to 2 a.m. and Friday to Saturday from 5 a.m. to 3 a.m. Finally, a new vendor at Sara Hardy Farmers Market has been making waves since her debut four weeks ago. The Franco-Asian Meryln’s Pastry has seen frequent sales of its globally-influenced pastries and breads, including Japanese sausage bun, soboro-ppang (Korean streusel bread), ube (a classic Filipino dessert) and a variety of buns, puff pastry and milk bread. Meryln’s Patisserie is at the Farmer’s Market every Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to noon or sold out.
Photo credit: Innovo Development Group