Pattie Jerovsek recently opened the Grand Haven Lighthouse Cafe with her husband, Mike, who was a chef at the nearby Rendezvous.
The Centertown establishment specializes in homemade breakfast and lunch entrees.
Pattie said it’s not the first time she considered opening a cafe at that location, which most recently housed B.C. Chicken and, prior to that, Charlie Mac’s. Pattie said she had considered opening her own eatery there years ago, but when her daughter was involved in a serious car crash in 1998 that left her with long-lasting injuries, she instead focused her attention on her daughter.
“This time it fell into place,” Pattie said.
On a recent weekday morning, Mike whipped up a Lighthouse Sandwich — grilled Texas toast with cheese on both sides and filled with scrambled eggs, ham, bacon, green pepper, onion, mushrooms and jalapeno peppers.
“These are just things I was making at home and I improved on what I was doing,” Mike said. “I just season to taste. I find if I like something, most people like it. I was blessed with a decent palate.”
Pattie poured cups of Magnum coffee for customers, which she grinds fresh each morning.
The menu includes many of Pattie’s and Mike’s specialties, including homemade chili, soups and biscuits. While Pattie makes the biscuits, Mike concocts the gravy.
They also serve custom omelets, American fries, sandwiches and burgers. The grilled cheese platter includes two stacked sandwiches with layers of chili.
“A lot of people enjoy the fact that we have home-cooked food,” Pattie said.
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