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Bars, Builders and More Coming to Chums Corner - Traverse City

by Gayle Neu


More places to eat, drink, play and build are coming to the Chums Corner area:

Incredible Mo’s, a new family-oriented fun center located at the former Wilderness Crossing in Grawn, will hold its soft opening this Saturday and a grand opening Feb 21-24.

Owners Chris and Sandra Mohrhardt (the ’Mo’s) bought the building last July. They have since remodeled it and hired 46 staff members.

“We’re excited to introduce our all-ages family fun facility to Grand Traverse County and beyond!” says Sandra. “Our restaurant, 'Sauce,' will be serving up scratch-made artisan pizzas, sandwiches, pastas, salads and starters among our full bar.”

Chris was instrumental in the transformation of longtime family business Timber Lanes into Lucky Jack’s (named in honor of his grandfather, Jack Mohrhardt, who founded the Timber Lanes in 1961.)

Some Incredible Mo’s highlights:
• Big-screen TVs broadcasting sporting events.
• Ten lanes of bowling, including glow bowling.
• A “bigger and better” arcade with an expanded laser tag area and Kid Zone designed for toddlers.
• The return of live music.
• An 80-seat banquet room for groups.

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Northern Lights, the former bar and restaurant near Chums Corner, is undergoing a complete refurbishing. In May 2012, the Blair Township Board of Trustees approved the transfer of a Class C liquor license from Hayes Pub to Mahizzy Enterprises. At the meeting, Mark and Marty Hisem presented their request and ideas for a new family restaurant/bar. Stay tuned for updates in a future Ticker.

The property has a long history, according to Township Supervisor Patrick Pahl: In the ’70s, it was called Club 31. It became the Gin Mill when Elizabeth and George Stern took ownership. In ’91, Ted and Marjorie Hayes purchased it and renamed it Spikes Peak. The name was later changed to Northern Lights and remained as such until it closed and Mark Hisem purchased it.

“Blair Township is glad that Mr. Hisem selected our township to invest in,” says Pahl. “We welcome him along with Preston Feather and Incredible Mo’s. The vacant spaces are starting to fill in and we welcome more business to locate in our township.”

• In a warehouse next to Wuerfel Park at 4177 Village Park Dr., Beggars Brewery “is on its way,” says Michael Rizik, who started the business with his parents, Michael and Sue.

“We’re currently installing equipment and renovating our taproom. Expect beer by Memorial Day weekend,” Rizik tells The Ticker.

Beggars is a production brewery with a small taproom, brewing American and European styles – IPAs, pale ales, stouts and porters. Customers can enjoy a beer onsite and/or buy some to take home. They can also bring in food. Rizik, a 27-year-old certified master brewer who moved to Traverse City from Flint in ’08, plans to produce 1,500 to 2,000 barrels annually.

For now, he says, get all the latest information here.

• Moving from Williamsburg to Chums Corner will allow Preston Feather Building Centers to expand into a full-service center carrying building materials, cabinetry, windows, doors and lumber.

The company closed its Window & Door Design Center in the Acme Plaza.

The center at 777 U.S. 31 S. next to The Metro Coney & Grill is now partially open, says Manager Troy Bamberg.

“The windows, doors and cabinetry are ready to go,” he says. “The lumber and building materials are starting to arrive, but it’ll be a few weeks before that part is open.”

The Williamsburg location had a staff of four. The new center, which will resemble the company’s full-service centers in Petoskey, Gaylord and Harbor Springs, will employ 15.

“Traverse City is obviously far and away the largest market in northwest Michigan and represents enormous growth potential for the company…” says a statement on the company’s website.

Posted: Thursday, February 07, 2013 10:32 AM by Jon Becker


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