CROSS VILLAGE — Petoskey Brewing recently purchased Old World Cafe at 6352 N. Lake Shore Drive, with plans to turn it into a second bar and restaurant.
Co-owner Tyler Gostinger pointed out that the location will have outdoor space because the location will only be open six months a year, from Memorial Day to Halloween. The outdoor space will have a covered patio and the main bar will be outside, with a smaller one inside.
“We’re just really excited to be able to provide a space in Cross Village because we love M-119, the tree tunnel and we think it’s one of the best drives in the entire Midwest and now we’re going to be at both ends.
The opening date is to be announced as Gostinger and his father, co-owner Lou Gostinger, work with construction companies to determine a schedule. Gostinger said they hope to be open by early summer.
In addition to opening a new location, Petoskey Brewing will soon become Petoskey Brewing and Distillery. The company launches alcoholic products, starting with vodka, gin and whisky. Each location will offer mixed drinks, cocktails and specialty bottles for customers to purchase and take home.
“We’re really excited to be getting into this other side of the beverage industry and being able to provide premium liquors to our customers,” Gostinger said.
Over the past year and a half, Petoskey Brewing has started selling seltzer water with great customer response. Gostinger said alcohol looked like the next transition.
Most drinks will continue to be made at the Petoskey location, but the Cross Village location will have a small brewing system and a specialty beer that will only be available in Cross Village.
Bonnie Kulp, executive director of the Harbor Springs Chamber of Commerce, plans to hold a ribbon ceremony when the business opens.
“I think it will be really good because there are a lot of people who live up there who could imagine it being your corner gathering place, your place where people who live there all year round, go reconnect, then a fantastic addition for people who just travel,” she said. “I think that’s an absolute win for everyone.”