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April 26, 2018
Zehnder's Mother of the Year Contest

Mother’s Day at Zehnder’s Since 1929

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 of Frankenmuth. Zehnder’s opened on Mother’s Day in 1929 when 312 […]
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 […]