Cafe reaches into the past for its new name
Water Street Cafe is changing its name to Sunnyside, which is a nod to a long-time restaurant of that name from days gone by.
The original Sunnyside restaurant was located on the sunny (north) side of Water Street, where Parkside Grill is now located. After a major fire in 1951, the restaurant relocated to 112 Water Street, the shady side of the street, in the building that is now the Peninsula clothing store. It remained there through the 1950s and 60s. After an ownership change to the Judkins family, it was renamed Mr. J's, which continued into the 1980s. Many current-day older residents who are part of the I grew up in Boyne City Facebook group
remember Sunnyside as a popular after-school and lunch hangout for high school kids when the school was located close to downtown.
Current owners Jim and Kirt Ploe bought Water Street Cafe from Larry and Valerie Glasgow in May, and they want to put their own stamp on the restaurant to start the new year and the new decade. "It's a great opportunity to make it our own and show everyone what we can do," Kirt Ploe said. "We thank you all for being supportive and look forward to the future of Sunnyside." The restaurant's winter hours are 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, serving breakfast all day and lunch starting at 11.
> The new Sunnyside is located at 113 Water St., phone 231-497-5050. Facebook page