In 1994, Mike Connors moved to Traverse City with a vision of combining his love for the restaurant business and a passion for fly fishing as well as the outdoor adventures of Northern Michigan. Thus Apache Trout Grill was put into motion. The restaurant was named after the first fish to be put on the United States endangered species list. The Apache Trout, an Arizonan fish, was on its way to extinction just 40 years ago. Found only in the lakes and streams of the White Mountains on the Apache Indian reservation, this beautiful trout was saved by the efforts of those who believe in the value of conserving our nation’s great resources. Today, the Apache Trout has been removed from the endangered species list and has become a model for conservation.
Inspired by this success story, Mike has created Apache Trout Grill with a desire to preserve the qualities of restaurants past: great food and a well-trained, friendly staff set in a casual, comfortable, neighborhood atmosphere. “Good food served right,” has become the motto at Apache Trout Grill.
After more than twenty years, Mike, his wife Sheila, and the Apache staff are still serving up those Traverse City favorites that have made them so famous. Signature dishes include, award winning BBQ ribs, fresh seafood, hand-cut, aged, choice steaks, and their amazing homemade key lime pie. Apache Trout Grill has an atmosphere of warmth that makes a perfect evening with friends or a romantic meal for two. So, stop in for a glass of one of the outstanding local wines. You can also take advantage of the patio and enjoy an ice-cold beer to relax. The breath-taking sunset view over the bay is sure to sweeten your experience. Whichever choice you make, Mike, Sheila, and the Apache Trout Grill Staff look forward to serving you!
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Mike & Sheila Connors