CADILLAC — Hermann’s European Cafe was a beehive of exercise Thursday afternoon, as crews from a number of contracting companies put the ending touches on main renovation work that started round two weeks in the past.
Mike Blackmer, who with enterprise accomplice John Kulhavi bought the landmark downtown Cadillac restaurant from Chef Hermann Suhs earlier this yr, mentioned they count on to reopen this Saturday at 11 a.m.
Because it so typically occurs anytime a serious renovation or development undertaking is undertaken, Blackmer mentioned as quickly they began engaged on the constructing, some sudden issues arose.
For one factor, Blackmer mentioned they seen that the outdated pipes contained in the constructing have been leaking badly. He mentioned additionally they came upon that the ground was dramatically uneven and collapsing in some areas.
“It is one thing we didn’t plan for … you’ll be able to’t do enterprise with out plumbing,” mentioned Blackmer, who estimates they’ve thus far invested $250,000 in renovations. “However we’ll be set for some time now.”
Native crews put in new plumbing, electrical wiring and heating gear, along with relocating the bar from the eating room to the adjoining room that beforehand served because the wine bar and can now function the institution’s brew pub.
With the bar now out of the eating room, Blackmer mentioned they’ve much more room to seat diners.
Crews additionally put in new flooring all through the restaurant. Anybody who’s been to the Dockside Inn — one other restaurant in Cadillac owned by Blackmer and Kulhavi — will discover the similarity in flooring fashion between the 2 institutions.
Within the show window of the pub going through Mitchell Avenue, Blackmer mentioned they are going to be organising a Harley-Davidson motorbike, KISS pinball machine and different memorabilia. As well as, new lighting and different fixtures even have been put in.
“Every thing acquired up to date,” Blackmer mentioned. “We’re excited to open again up and make downtown Cadillac greater and higher. It is a complete new search for everybody.”
Whereas the butcher store and rooms for hire over the restaurant have not been touched but, Blackmer mentioned they’re subsequent on the listing to obtain some TLC.