Zehnder’s opened its doors for business on Mother’s Day, 1929, when Zehnder’s chefs served up a total of 312 chicken dinners. Since then, hundreds of thousands of guests have participated in the Mother’s Day tradition at Zehnder’s, and Zehnder’s has come to know Mother’s Day as one of the busiest […]
Pictured above: Family friend and long time resident of Zehnder’s; Carl Knieling. By Al Zehnder, CEO of Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth During the 1930’s, Frankenmuth was a common stop for transients; single men looking for work. My grandmother, Emilie Bickel Zehnder, was never one to turn away an empty stomach and often […]
It was 1947 and my grandfather was 66. His sons that were in WWII were home and back in the business. Some worked full time and some had other jobs on the side as the business just couldn’t fully support all of them. They were all interested in the continued success of the business.
As I walked into Zehnder’s Main Dining Room on Thanksgiving to see how things were going, the Andy Williams classic; “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” was playing over our sound system. I found myself humming the tune for about a half hour.