Over the winter of 2007-2008 the Mustang Lounge was completely renovated by Tony Brodeur and Jason Klonowski. Tony and Jason, life-time friends and former bartenders at the Mustang, took over the property in 2007. Tony's grandfather, Dennis Brodeur, owned and operated the bar since 1972.
The history of the Mustang building goes back to the late 1700s. Many of the original log structures exist and were preserved during the renovation. The project includes a remodeled bar and restaurant with new street-side dining. A second and third floor addition behind the restaurant includes housing for the owners and Mustang employees.
One section of the restaurant will be family-oriented and separated from the
bar and the interior will be wider than the old Mustang. The new facility will allow for more space for entertainment and will be able to hold up to about 120 people. The old building’s capacity was 48.
As reported in the Mackinac Island Town Crier..."During a Zoning Board of Appeals meeting in October, Mackinac Island residents called the proposed remodeling work and addition plans a superior design that should serve as an example of what can be done to meet modern demands while maintaining Island ambiance.
According to Tony and Jason, the menu will have almost all the original offerings, but new items will include classic Detroit-style Coney dogs, a new pizza recipe, many non-fried specials, and a secret signature sandwich that the two men discovered during their travels.
“We want to keep that feeling of the old Mustang as much as possible,” said Mr. Brodeur. “If we didn’t have to change it, we wouldn’t. It has its own little legend.”
We thought you might enjoy seeing the progress of the renovation of the Mustang Lounge, a beloved Mackinac landmark. Thanks to island resident Greg Main we posted photos up until the new re-opening in May, 2008. See photos below.
If you have any favorite photos of the old Mustang, please contact Mintaka Design. We may be able to use some of them on the website.