IRISH HILLS, MI – Artesian Wells Sports Tavern is full of rich history, but also full of great vibes and food.
Located in the Irish Hills, near Jackson and just seven miles from the Michigan International Motorcycle Highway, the site began as a popular watering hole on the old Chicago Trail where settlers came to the area in the 1800s.
A lunchroom that eventually turned into a restaurant opened on site in 1920. Current owner Tom Curry took ownership in 2000 and built a new, modern building called the Artesian Wells Sports Tavern.
“We wanted a place where people could hang out,” Curry said. “There’s nowhere in this area to watch any matches, so we’re putting more sports topics on it.”
Diners can also find a large variety of American-style food on the menu, including burgers, sandwiches, fish, and salads.
Curry said the ribbed basket is a bestseller. it’s a A whole pound of smoked chops with your choice of barbecue sauce, served with french fries and cabbage salad.
Robin “NASCAR Racing” is also a popular customer choice. It’s made with home-cooked beef, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut, and 1,000-island sauce served on rye bread.
Curry said people also enjoy 24 beers.
Features, such as a large outdoor patio, large indoor dining area, and motorbikes, are also popular, he said.
Artesian Wells Sports Tavern, 18711 US12, is open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday, and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.
More information can be found on her Facebook page and website.
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