MARQUETTE -A longtime Little Lake restaurant has new owners, a new look and a new name.
The Full Throttle Saloon is the new name of Brown's Tavern, an establishment in Gwinn since the 1940s. New owners Scott and Sally Searle bought the bar in August 2008 from Kerry and Deb Sorensen.
"This is the fourth food establishment that we have opened," Sally Searle said. "We are co-owners of The Up North Lodge and while we are still heavily involved with the lodge, we were looking for one more thing to do."
The saloon has been extensively remodeled, including a new furnace/air conditioning system, new windows, siding interior finishings and bathrooms.
"Located in beautiful downtown Little Lake, our saloon is biker friendly but we like to cater to folks of all sorts," Sally Searle said.
The new kitchen has been open since March 16.
"The hamburgers we offer are made from ground chuck that Val from Brown's Store grinds fresh for us daily," Salley Searle said.
She said the saloon is an official dealer for The Broaster Chicken Company and she expected the restaurant to become well-known for its broasted chicken, along with other specialty hot dogs, like the Chi Dog and Coney Dog and sandwiches.
"We are open seven days a week - serving food until 9 daily - but of course the bar stays open much later with pizzas being offered during all hours of operation," Sally Searle said.
She said the saloon's first winter saw many happy customers and she looked forward to a summer full of baseball, volleyball and biking.