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 […]
By Al Zehnder, CEO of Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth I don’t know what my grandparents were thinking. The country was in the throes of the Great Depression and Prohibition had been passed 10 years earlier. The state of the economy was miserable. The logical conclusion would not be to get into […]
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.