HONOR — Susan Leone and her husband, John, watched their Chum's Corner business, Dairyville, burn to the ground in November 2010.
From the misfortune, though, came opportunity.
The two are now at the helm of an exciting new restaurant, the Platte River Inn, in downtown Honor. The eatery, crafted from the shell of the old Money’s Platte River Inn, is creating quite a buzz in Honor with its new, sharp-looking exterior, expansive seating area and fine foods in a village looking to revitalize its main shopping corridor.
“Originally we planned to rebuild (on the Dairyville site),” said Susan Leone, but construction costs, age, building requirements and other obstacles nixed that idea.
“Then, we looked at many places in Grand Traverse and Leelanau County, but they didn’t feel right," she said. "It was almost on a whim that we looked at Money’s.”
The Leones purchased Money’s Platte River Inn in April 2012. The restaurant, located on Main Street, was closed for about three years after being in operation for more than 50 years as a family restaurant owned by Marvel and Lou Money, along with sons Terry and Paul. The Leones re-opened in March as Platte River Inn following extensive renovations.
The couple spent eleven months giving the restaurant a new look, hiring local contractors and construction workers to gut the building, reconfigure space and bring the Leone vision to fruition. The results are visible and dramatic.
The restaurant sports a clean, updated Northwoods appearance with rustic log and cedar interior. The dining room seats 150, with a back dining area that can be separated for private functions. There is a separate conference room available for meetings. Additional renovations will add a 25-seat lounge to the side of the building.
Breakfast and lunch have been available since the March opening, but dinner service was just introduced in mid-June. Hours are 6:00 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sundays. The Leones have a liquor license and plan to begin serving beer and wine this month, then move to full cocktail service when the lounge opens.