I can only imagine the discussions that went on around the kitchen table as my grandparents William and Emilie Zehnder were pondering the possibility of entering the restaurant business. They were in the farming and slaughterhouse business and William was also a local politician. Maybe, by those standards, the restaurant business seemed pretty attractive.
So in they jumped at ages 47 and 45, with absolutely no restaurant experience and bought the New Exchange Hotel in December of 1928.
The Fischer Hotel, right across the street, had a booming business (or so it seemed) serving a “family style” chicken dinner. The New Exchange Hotel needed some repairs and upgrading which they set out to do. William took inspiration for the remodel from George Washington’s home Mount Vernon. With the remodel complete, the opening of Zehnder’s happened on Sunday May 12, Mother’s Day of 1929.
On that day Zehnder’s served 312 guests at $1.00 per person. Since our opening in 1929, Mother’s Day has always been a special day at Zehnder’s, sort of our founders day. This year, as the U.S. celebrates it’s 100th anniversary of making Mother’s Day official (officially made a U.S. holiday in 1914) we will celebrate our 85th anniversary of serving millions of mothers from around the world.
If you need a place to show your mom how special she is, your table is waiting for you at Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth. We’ve been making mom’s feel special for 85 years.
Al Zehnder, CEO of Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth
To make your Mother’s Day reservations call 800-863-7999. Follow the link to see our special Mother’s Day menus.