• Restaurant Recommendation: Vernales Restaurant

     
    FROM THE Spring 2018 ISSUE
     

    Meet Over Meat

Owners Joe Guthrie and Keith Lynch had a vision for Vernales Restaurant in Harbor Springs, featuring three separate venues, a Sports Bar, Chop House and a Wine Cellar. From burgers, tacos and seafood to American Wagyu steaks and more, they have your craving covered. 

According to Christina Johnson, marketing and advertising coordinator, the Chop House is ideal for large parties from business meetings to rehearsal dinners, while the Wine Cellar can accommodate smaller groups. The Sports Bar serves lunch and dinner daily and the seasonal patio is perfect for outdoor events. 

Vernales, which has received numerous accolades, serves only American Wagyu, a decision driven by customer feedback when they offered an American Wagyu burger and Himalayan Salt Dry Aged Steaks. 

“We focus on providing exceptional service from start to finish,” says Johnson. “From the moment you walk through the door we greet you with a smile, we try to always be accommodating with any needs—dietary or other.” 

They can customize any event with their catering menu for weddings, business lunches, dinners, sunset cruises, staff appreciation parties and more. Their team also has access to world-class conference and meeting space and banquet facilities on Lake Michigan. 

Vernales can make catering arrangements for fine dining to casual fare, says Edward Jones financial advisor Tim Knapp, who has booked everything from business meetings to a kid's birthday party. “You really get to work with the food, which is excellent, and the options are plentiful.”

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