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Restaurateur buys waterfront restaurant Up North

August 9, 2018
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Jeff Lobdell Apache Trout Grill
Jeff Lobdell stands in front of the Apache Trout Grill in Traverse City. Courtesy Apache Restaurant Partners

A local restaurant group has acquired a long-time waterfront restaurant Up North.

Grand Rapids-based Apache Restaurant Partners— which is part of Restaurant Partners — said yesterday it acquired Apache Trout Grill in Traverse City, at 13671 SW Bay Shore Dr., from husband-and-wife owners Mike Connors and Sheila Connors.

Jeff Lobdell — founder, owner and president of Restaurant Partners — said he plans to keep everything the same, including the menu, staff, management and space.

Lobdell’s operating partner, Scott Parkhurst, will assist with day-to-day management.

“The Apache Trout Grill has always been one of my favorite restaurants, and I was flattered when the Connors approached me about purchasing,” Lobdell said.

“I look forward to carrying on their tradition of offering award-winning dining experiences to the Grand Traverse area.”

Mike Connors said they chose Lobdell as the buyer in part because he is a Traverse City native.

“It was extremely important to us that we find a quality operator to continue the legacy of Apache Trout Grill, and Jeff, a Traverse City native, and his entire team were the perfect fit,” Mike Connors said.

“I’m confident the business will be in good hands.”

Restaurant Partners

Founded in 1995, Restaurant Partners has a portfolio of 12 brands with 21 locations throughout West Michigan and the Traverse City area.

The group operates a variety of brands: Apache Trout Grill, Beltline Bar, Rockwell Republic, Noble Restaurant, Red Geranium Café, Sundance Grill, Grand Coney, Bagel Beanery, Pete’s Tavern, Omelette Shoppe, Flap Jack Shack and Boone’s Prime Time Pub.

The company has 850 employees.

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