It’s that time of year when the kids are back at college, weekends are filled with footballs, tailgate parties and falling leaves that take over driveways. Here at Zehnder’s, certain events signal the beginning of our Fall season: mums take the place of begonias, the aerating of The Fortress Golf Course is complete, pumpkins are beginning to spring up as decorations and our first delivery of Blue Hubbard Squash has arrived.
The holiday season always seem to sneak up on me. Summer seems too short; then all of a sudden school starts. The fall color season arrives and then pretty soon Christmas decorations start to go up in Frankenmuth. Thanksgiving arrives and then the Christmas season is in full swing.
Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth, the 1,500 seat family restaurant located in Frankenmuth, Mich., was ranked number two in the country in the number of meals served among all US independent restaurants according to the hospitality trade, Restaurant Business magazine. The popular family restaurant served 967,298 guests with a guest check average of $14 in 2015. Last year Zehnder’s also ranked #1 in the number of guests served among independent Michigan restaurants; 2015 total sales registered at $14,802,943.
When Walter and Maria Palmer came to Frankenmuth in the early 1970’s, they were in search of a community in which they could establish a lodging business. They were introduced to Wally Bronner and eventually purchased a piece of property from him on the south side of Frankenmuth, just north of the famous Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland.