Northern Michigan Restaurants: Changes aplenty on the North’s restaurant scene. Here’s a taste. Find more in this month’s dining guide or at choose Food & Wine, Restaurants.

Traverse City

The Bay Leaf: Fans bid adieu to Bay Leaf’s house-made rustic cuisine. Harrington’s by the Bay expands with authentic Italian in its space. 120 Park Street.

Towne Plaza: Former Riverside Inn chef Chris Hoffman offers continental cuisine in the old Stone House Bread building. 202 E. State Street.

Loading Dock: Good-bye live shows and flowing beer. Hello Om Café, a vegetarian/vegan cafe opening early July. 205 Lake Avenue.

La Bécasse: Chef Guillaume Hazaël-Massieux imports French flair downtown with his second venture, Bistro FouFou. Location TBA.

Full Moon Pizza Co.: Gourmet pizzeria featuring artisan wood-fired cuisine. 910 E. 8th Street.

Cedar Creek Interiors: Welcome Chocolate Café by chocolatier Susan Boyer. 415 S. Union Street.

The Filling Station Microbrewery: Thin-crusted wood-fired flatbread and flavorful house brews revitalize the Depot. 642 Railroad Place.

The Cottage: Relocates to Mabel’s former spot, serving freshwater perch daily. 472 Munson Avenue.

Lake Leelanau

Bella Fortuna North: Look for traditional Florentine cuisine and a guest chef dall’Italia each summer starting mid-June (formerly Key to the County). 104 Main Street.


New front-of-the-house manager Harlan “Pete” Peterson (of Tapawingo legend) and a bistro-inspired dinner menu specializing in fresh, local cuisine kick things up at American Spoon Café. 413 E. Lake Street.

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