In 1928, William Zehnder, Sr. purchased the Exchange Hotel in Frankenmuth by trading his farm and borrowing $4,000. He remodeled the hotel to give it the look of Mt. Vernon, the
home of George Washington, and renamed it Zehnder’s. Zehnder’s opened on Mother’s Day in 1929 when 312 diners were served family style chicken dinners for $1 per person. Since that day, millions of guests have visited Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth making it the largest family restaurant in America.
Mother’s Day continues to be one of Zehnder’s most popular days, serving approximately 5,000 people in its nine dining rooms along with 275 pounds of prime rib, 700 pounds of fried shrimp, 1,500 pounds of mashed potatoes and about 1,350 chickens! Zehnder’s signature entree, the famous Family Style Chicken Dinner, continues to be the number one favorite among guests, however, the special Mother’s Day menu features several choices for all tastes. To view our Mother’s Day menus, click here.
If you need a place to show your mom how special she is, your table is waiting for you at
Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth. We’ve been making mom’s feel special for 86 years.