Make brunch plans this Mother’s Day at Maple + Batter in Bay Harbor. Celebrate both Mom and the brand-new menu at this Northern Michigan restaurant in  Emmet County.

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It’s fitting for families to gather at Maple + Batter. The new Bay Harbor restaurant is very much a family operation: co-owned by twin brothers, Philip and Bryant Morrison; their wives, Laura and Jamie; father, Scot; and friends Thomas Bayer and Greg Ruvolo. Opened in July 2021 in the former (and now beautifully renovated) Pancake House space, Maple + Batter is bright, modern and inviting, with wraparound windows overlooking the village’s downtown and patio seating.

For Mother’s Day, the restaurant is offering food and beverage specials and the first five reservations will score mini bouquets from Petoskey’s Sweetwater Floral. Guests will also have a chance to try the new menu that launched in early April. Share a charcuterie board with the table, then move on to the breakfast quesadilla with chorizo or apple sausage omelettes. Maple + Batter is putting its twist on the classics and using locally sourced items whenever possible, including Plath’s sausage and bacon and Gypsy Vodka from High Five Spirits.

Maple + Batter in Bay Harbor

Photo by Dave Weidner

Maple + Batter in Bay Harbor

Photo by Dave Weidner

Maple + Batter in Bay Harbor

Photo by Dave Weidner

Insider Tip | This summer, watch for Maple + Batter’s mobile cart serving pastries, biscuit sliders and coffee at the Boyne City Farmers Market and along the Bay Harbor waterfront.

Maple + Batter in Bay Harbor

Photo by Dave Weidner

Make it a Day or Weekend in Bay Harbor

After brunch, spend a few hours exploring Bay Harbor, which Philip says is a “hidden gem.” For a longer stay, book a room at Village Suites Bay Harbor, a boutique collection of suites and penthouses tucked above Main Street’s shops.

Maple + Batter in Bay Harbor

Photo by Dave Weidner

Photo(s) by Dave Weidner