Whipping up a dream

A former restaurant manager and chef at the Rendezvous restaurant opened their own eatery at 207 N. Seventh St.
Marie Havenga
Jan 16, 2014

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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Speaking of the Rendezvous... They need to check the units on the roof.

The other night after a meeting, a couple other board members and myself went to eat there. When we were leaving, I noticed flames inside one of the units on the roof. It would flame up, then go out for a few seconds before flaming up again. Almost looked to be like an intermittent grease fire. It was in the unit on the roof next to the edge of the west wall with the west-facing vent.

After my fellow board members left, I went back in to alert them. I talked to a waitress who said she would forward it on, but not sure if she ever did (she didn't seem to care too much).

I didn't want to call the FD myself in case it is something normal (maybe it was a heater of something and the wind was just blowing the flame around or something). It didn't seem to be an immediate concern either since the flame was small-ish and contained in the unit. Maybe I am an idiot for not calling the fire department, but i hate making a scene over something that would most likely end up being nothing.


It's still there


Back to the subject. I have had a wonderful burger from this cafe. Seriously, it was REALLY good and cheap. Just bring cash with you. I don't think they take credit.


Do you happen to know their hours? Actually thinking of giving the place a try today. I haven't been eating out much at all, but today i am out and about, and it sounds much better than McDonalds.


According to the picture of the door ... Monday thru Friday 5:30 am til 3pm and Saturday 7am til 2pm. I also see Mastercard/Visa logo's on the door so I assume they do in fact take credit cards. I bet the food is awesome!


Good for you Pattie and Mike, I wish your business all the best of luck!!


You had me at Burger!

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