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LAKE CHARLEVOIX: The Landing restaurant in Ironton will reopen

To the dismay of Northern Michigan recreationalists, Lake Charlevoix’s The Landing dockside restaurant was slated for demolition and replacement by an RV park a few years ago.

Restaurant officials say the loss would have been devastating to local boaters looking for dockside family fun and nightlife.

However, a new and improved “The Landing” is slated to reopen this spring and officials say this effort is a “very significant” Northern Michigan success story because the site not only avoided conversion to an RV park but the new restaurant also avoided the developer urge to become a survey-tested national boat-themed implant business.

“Authentic regionalism is alive and well at The Landing, inspired by contractors, suppliers, designers and products from the neighborhood,” said Joshua Gyani of DesignHaus in a March 23 press release. “In fact, the dedication to staying local is the lifeblood of The Landing’s personality.”

Trust in local talent and love for the area actually promoted a type of spontaneity during construction that cannot be duplicated or experienced anywhere except The Landing, he added.

Of particular interest is that The Landing is proof that a project can be cutting edge and Made in Northern Michigan.

Among cutting edge, Michigan-Made technologies is a kitchen grill by internationally renowned GrillWorks out of Atwood.

Tarnow motorized retractable insect screens were custom built and installed to help discourage the spread of mosquito-borne diseases, as well as, to give the outdoor dining a longer life into the fall months by enclosing the covered deck.

Many other material and product choices were scrutinized and studied in the effort to be on the forefront of emerging ideas.

The environmentally friendly, underappreciated construction material known as hemp (non-hallucinogenic cannabis plant) was selected and used throughout the project.

Hemp was researched thoroughly and found a way to be used to construct cabinets, tiles and concrete walls using the extraordinary plant.

The hemp-panel cabinets were, in fact, produced and installed by a Lake Charlevoix resident and business owner.

The wood decks are sealed and finished with hemp seed oil and on the menu are recipes with, you guessed it, hemp; which is considered a super-food.

The Landing is located at 10231 Ferry Road in Charlevoix. It can be reached by calling (231)-547-9036.

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