City Park Grill

Store NameCity Park Grill

Business Type Restaurants (Food Service and Drinking Places)

NAICS Code 722

Location 432 East Lake Street, Petoskey, MI 49770

Nearby Businesses n/a

Owner/Manager Bob & Mary Keedy; Dick & Lauren Dinon

Special Store Activities Live Music, Wine Tasting, Dancing

Year Opened 1998


Phone 231-347-0101


Community Profile Petoskey (population 6,080; 10 mile radius: 27,370) is a year-round resort community on the South Shore of Lake Michigan’s Little Traverse Bay, located on the northeastern point of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. Petoskey is known for its scenic views of Lake Michigan, lakefront parks, sailing, nearby skiing, and other outdoor activities. Petoskey is also known for Petoskey Stones, 350 million-year-old fossilized coral colonies that are in especially high concentration near the city and are Michigan’s state stone. Founded in 1865, Petoskey has a historic downtown with many preserved and restored buildings. Petoskey is the seat of Emmet County

Products Sold & Niche Developed

The City Park Grill serves a variety of savory appetizers, grilled dishes, pasta entrees, seafood, and sandwiches. The City Park Grill serves fine food and wine from around the World. The City Park Grill hosts frequent live music and dancing in a variety of genres, including jazz and rock; weekly salsa dancing, and the occasional theme party. The City Park Grill is best known for their diverse menu, grilled fish and chicken entrees, wine selection, and live music.

Market Segments Served

The City Park Grill is not only a hot-spot for tourists due to its history, but it is also a popular destination for Petoskey residents.

Contributions to the Business Community

Built in 1910, The City Park Grill has been at the center of Petoskey’s downtown community for nearly a century. Earnest Hemmingway was known to frequent the City Park Grill during prohibition, and based a short story on his experiences in Petoskey. City Park Grill doubles as a venue for live music and entertainment, and has been recognized as one of the best venues in Northern Michigan.


Review by: Joshua Clements, UW Extension CCED