Frankenmuth's Bavarian Inn celebrates 130 years of chicken dinners

The Bavarian Inn Restaurant is marking their 130th year in business and they're celebrating all year long.  (Photo: WEYI/WSMH)

It's time to grab your lederhosen and head to Frankenmuth for a big birthday celebration.

The Bavarian Inn Restaurant is marking their 130th year in business and they're celebrating all year long.

Originally the Union House Hotel the Zehnder Family bought the restaurant in 1950.

Matriarch Dorothy Zehnder who is 96 years old and still works in the kitchen says the guests who have come over the years feel like family to her.

“People will say I came when I was two years old and this is now my family coming at the same time.

You hear that very, very, often. You kind of remember them and they feel kind of like family because you see them so often,” says Dorothy.

“Our family is really proud to have served in the community this long and we have generations of guests that have been coming over the years,” added general manager Amy Zehnder-Grossi.

As part of the anniversary celebration, the restaurant will also be unveiling a food truck where they will be serving, of course, their famous chicken and buttered noodles.

In order to accommodate their ever-growing stream of visitors, the Bavarian Inn Lodge was built to make the experience even more of a getaway.

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