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November 7, 2017

Zehnder’s Restaurant Ranked #1 Independent Restaurant in Michigan

FRANKENMUTH, MI – Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth, the 1,500 seat family restaurant located in Frankenmuth, Mich., has been ranked the number one independent restaurant in Michigan, and for the third consecutive year, number two in the country for the number of meals served among US independent restaurants. The Top 100 Independent […]
April 14, 2017
Zehnder's 2016 Mother of the Year - Shirley Zanley

Zehnder’s Mother of the Year Contest Celebrates 25 Years!

Pictured above left to right: Zehnder’s 2016 Mother of the Year – Shirley Zanley, daughter Cherilyn Piazza and John Shelton, Zehnder’s V.P. of Marketing and Sales 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 […]
March 27, 2017

Zehnder’s Early Lodging History

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 […]
February 23, 2017

It Takes Generations

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.