New Up North 2022: Local Restaurant & Business Openings –


Searching for what’s new Up North in 2022? Each month in Traverse, Northern Michigan’s Magazine, we share the newest openings for local businesses, restaurants, breweries, wineries and so much more. Not a print or digital subscriber? Check out our quarterly online roundup below to see what’s new in Northern Michigan.

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Summer Business & Restaurant Openings in Northern Michigan

12930 S. West Bay Shore Dr. | Traverse City | The Burrow Website
The owners of Mama Lu’s and The Flying Noodle are opening a third restaurant in the former Tuscan Bistro space. The Burrow will offer California-inspired to-go food and alcohol to boaters at Elmwood Township Marina via an underground tunnel, along with a dine-in menu. Expected to open in early summer.

1100 Main St. | Frankfort | Coastline Cycles Website
Owners Meg Doby and Ethan Przekaza are offering bike rentals and repair, setting you up to pedal the North (the 22-mile Betsie Valley Trail runs right behind the building!).

Outside view of Coastline Cycles

Photo by Coastline Cycles

300 W. Lake St. | Harbor Springs | Harbor Cellar Website
Located inside Harbor Springs Market, the new 2,000-square-foot cellar has one of the largest wine and spirits selections in Northern Michigan.

1963 N. Lakeshore Dr. | Ludington | Stix Website
The 1954 restaurant and bowling alley has been completely reconstructed. Now, the two-story building has a mezzanine for private events, an area for live music, an outdoor rooftop known as The Pier, a ground-level beer garden with lawn games and a covered patio with a fireplace.

Spring Business & Restaurant Openings in Northern Michigan

181 E. Main St. | Harbor Springs | Birch Tree Website
Baker Nicole Hall makes coffee cake, cinnamon rolls, brownies, muffins and more sweet treats along with savory breakfast items like burritos and quiches. But one of her personal faves is the loaded cookie bar, stuffed with Oreos and candy bars.

13000 S. West Bay Shore Dr. | Traverse City | Buchan’s Website
The owners of Buchan’s Blueberry Hill on Old Mission Peninsula have opened a new ice cream shop in the former Wares Bros Frosty Treat space (Wares Bros’ second location on South Airport Road remains open).

Buchan's replacing the Wares Frosty Bros sign

Photo by Buchan’s West Bay

735 Main St. | Frankfort | Dos Árboles Website
Located next door to Birch & Maple, and operated by the same owners—sommelier Nick and chef Natalie Crawford—Dos Árboles will be serving tacos and tequila when the restaurant opens this spring.

720 W. Front St. & 305 W. Front St. | Traverse City | Mundos Website
Mundos Roasting & Co. continues to expand its coffee footprint with two new locations this spring. The West café will have limited indoor seating with a focus on single-origin batch brews and grab-and-go sandwiches. At Mundos 305, find large tables for meetings and a more expansive food and drink menu.

Mundos in Traverse City

Photo by Mundos Roasting & Co

220 N. Main St., Cheboygan | Beau est Beau Website
New this winter, the second location of Beau est Beau is a French-inspired tavern with food, wine, live music, open mic night and pop-up events, plus a by appointment hair parlor. (The original location in Traverse City is a salon only.)

1115 E. Eighth St., Traverse City | Common Good Website
The much-loved TC bakery is working toward a summer opening of its second location bringing pastries, pizza and sandwiches to the east side of town. (See the sketch for the new location below!)

Sketches of the new Common Good Bakery location

Photo by Common Good Bakery

120 E. Front St., Traverse City | L.A. Cool Website
Find elevated wardrobe essentials for women at this downtown store that opened April 15. Owner Lisa Dykema, whose maiden name is Lisa Anne Cool, is excited to give TC access to designer clothing that’s worn by celebrities like Jennifer Aniston and Kaia Gerber. 

106 N. Main St., Leland | Madcap Website
Grand Rapid’s Madcap Coffee is expanding north, taking over the former Blue Boat Coffee in Leland. A late spring opening is expected, and the new shop will be open year-round.

121 Bridge St., Elk Rapids | Shear Canine Website
All breeds are welcome at this pet spa offering dog and cat grooming along with other services for furry friends.

Northern Michigan Winter Restaurant & Business Openings

332 E. Front St., Traverse City | Big Salad Website
The restaurant opened in October for indoor dining, carryout, curbside pick-up as well as delivery via DoorDash. An outdoor dining area is planned for the spring of 2022. Choose from 40 salad toppings and 30 dressings, plus smoothies, sandwiches, wraps and soups.

128 N. 3rd St., Marquette | Blossom Bird Website
A husband-and-wife team with a
love for anime and pop culture opened the cafe and tiny bakery in August. Serving bubble tea with freshly made boba along with goodies like macarons, mini layer cakes, cream pan buns, cupcakes and more.

Bubble Tea from Blossom Bird

Photo by Blossom Bird Bubble Tea

2751 US-31, Traverse City | EVO Athletics Website
TC’s newest gym opened in October offering HIIT and yoga classes. The team specializes in sports performance training along with health and wellness education.

202 W. Main St., Lake Leelanau | Fiddleheads Website
This eclectic breakfast and sandwich shop serves beer, wine and cocktails. Find the restaurant on Facebook for hours or call 231.994.2121.

441 E. Front St., Traverse City | Olive Branch Boutique Website
The newest shop opened by the owners of Magnolia Boutique in Cadillac and Rockford, Olive Branch carries women’s clothing, accessories, jewelry and more.

Woman standing in front of Olive Branch Boutique.

Photo by Olive Branch Boutique

1110 E. Hammond, Traverse City | Buzzelli Website
In addition to freshly made New York-style mozzarella in balls, marinated knots and burrata, this specialty grocery store has grab-and-go options like eggplant parmesan and lasagna along with Italian bowls, gifts, pasta, sweet treats and more.

317B & 319 E. Front St., Traverse City | Dharamsala Website
Dharamsala TC, a yoga studio also offering mediation training and wellness classes, is launching a second location (the first is on Robinwood Court). The space overlooks the Boardman River and Grand Traverse Bay, and the owners are targeting a late January opening.

124 S. Union St., Traverse City | Planty Website
My Secret Stash, owned by Karen Hilt, is known for its selection of gifts for all ages from Michigan and American makers, but Karen and her business partner, Garrett Weslock, also have a wide variety of houseplants. Now, they’ve opened a second store to expand that selection featuring both rare and common species. In the future, Karen plans to have a soil and terrarium bar, potting services, a plant hospital (great idea!) and plant accessories. 

Plants at I'm Planty AF in Traverse City

Photo by I’m Planty AF

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