Restaurants in the Keweenaw prepare for a busy summer season

Some Copper Country businesses are expanding outdoor seating as Coronavirus restrictions ease and the weather starts to warm up.
Updated: Jun. 9, 2021 at 8:14 PM EDT
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HOUGHTON-HANCOCK, Mich. (WLUC) - “Summer breeze makes (you) feel fine,” in the ‘Gateway to the Keweenaw Peninsula.’

Roy’s Pasties & Bakery in Houghton and Gino’s Restaurant & Cocktail Lounge in Hancock said they’re already off to a great summer for their businesses -- having seen a boom in excited visitors to the area.

“(We’re seeing) quite a number of people in town and have been for quite a few weeks,” said Roy’s Bakery Co-Owner Trisia Narhi.

“You can tell the snowbirds are coming back, you know you can see the same old faces and everything. And they come in and eat pasta when it’s 90-degrees. So it’s like how the heck can you do that, you know?” Said Gino’s Restaurant Manager Daryll Williams.

Both restaurants are looking forward to and gearing up for a busy summer season.

As COVID restrictions lift and warm, dry weather continues, it brings about an ideal time for outdoor dining -- including when it comes to being near the water.

Roy’s features two dining levels inside, expanding to outdoor patio seating and the convenience of tables nearby along the Portage Canal waterfront.

Not bad for a place that Narhi said serves up 85,000 pasties a year -- led by her husband Roy.

“The summer is our busiest time. We enjoy the tourists and our local community alike,” she said.

The Patio at Gino’s is equipped with umbrellas and a canopy to provide shade -- and was expanded with the help of a state coronavirus grant to add 40 or more guests to dine outside.

“I don’t think it’s going to be the old normal, but the new one you know. So we’ll see where that leads,” said Williams.

So, what are you waiting for?

“Well if you’re visiting, you’ve got to go to Roy’s!” Said Narhi.

Enjoy the great time out U.P. in the Keweenaw -- and maybe keep that sunscreen handy.

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