Michigan Brew slated to open up in downtown Grayling in the spring
Dan Sanderson | Staff Writer
A specialty coffee shop, where people can have drinks and food, do work, and have meetings, is slated to open in downtown Grayling next spring.
The Grayling Planning Commission, at its regular monthly meeting held on Tuesday, December 17, approved a special land use permit for Michigan Brew, which will be located at 106 East Michigan Avenue.
The focus of the business will be serving coffee, liquor, and it will also have a 15-brew tap system.
“It’s a specialty coffee house and we specialize in Michigan drinks,” said Matthew Shaw, the owner of Michigan Brew.
Shaw moved to Grayling three years ago and has 10 years of experience in the banking and management field. He is being joined in the business venture by Scott Mersereau-Kempf.
“He’s got 15 years in the restaurant business as a kitchen manager out of Traverse City,” Shaw said.
The menu and the coffee shop and restaurant will feature gluten friendly, dairy free, and vegan and vegetarian options.
“There’s going to be a good food menu, but we’re still trying to narrow it all down,” Shaw said.
Michigan Brew will have 10 to 15 employees.
The business partners bought the building in November.
The target date to open the business is June 1, with renovations from top to bottom starting soon.
“We’re going to be redoing everything, starting with the roof in a couple of weeks,” Shaw said.
Shaw is the chairman for Grayling’s Downtown Development Authority and Michigan Main Street program, and saw the need for a specialty coffee shop and restaurant in the downtown business district.
“I think it will be a good fit for Crawford County, having somewhere where people can have a warm, cozy space to be able to do their work,” Shaw said. “High-speed Internet is not available outside of city limits, so it will be a good place for people to come in and do work and meet up with somebody and have a glass of wine if they want.”
Michigan Brew will have a small conference room in front of the business for meetings.
“I’m just really excited about the opportunity, and I think it will be a good fit for Grayling,” Shaw said.