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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 […]
June 29, 2018
Zehnder's Hotel, circa 1930

July 26, 1930

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 […]
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 […]