Chef and owner Tim Sizer is opening a newly expanded Timothy’s Restaurant in the former location of Miller’s Country House and, most recently, Mickey’s Sports Bar and Grill, on Red Arrow Highway in Union Pier.
Providing all goes as planned, Sizer hopes to have the restaurant open for Valentine’s Day weekend. A big piece of the puzzle is the final approval of a conditional liquor license by the MLCC (Michigan Liquor Control Commission). Without the final approval for a liquor license, Sizer said he would hold off on the opening. Despite the fact that his former location in the Gordon Beach Inn had a liquor license for 16 years, the State of Michigan requires a new application process for a new business location, a process that can be time-consuming and complicated.
Since Sizer purchased the Red Arrow property, crews have been busy redesigning and redecorating the restaurant space, bringing it back to a fine dining venue while also adding areas for everyday casual dining. The main dining room and the bar area have been updated with a warm brown color pallet, while the back bar is decorated in a slate gray pallet that enhances the stainless steel accent walls overlooking the outside Tiki bar and gardens. In the main dining room a six-foot long by 18-inch wide, two-sided Primo fireplace has been installed for the viewing pleasure of all the guests. Contemporary pendant light fixtures, personally chosen by Sizer’s wife, Amy, add to the restaurant’s ambiance.
The large expanse of south facing windows offers a serene view of the woods and gardens in the rear of the property. Sizer plans to restore the original pond and fountain, and he will once again feature the famous and much requested “moving evergreen.” He said he also plans other garden surprises during the summer months.
In the front bar area, the vintage wooden bar and back bar remain. Sizer was able to reacquire Miller’s original antler chandelier, which will again enhance the space. There will be booths added to the bar area, as well as high-top tables for casual dining. He has had the window with views into the working kitchen reinstalled, so that guests can watch the chefs prepare food. The television sets that were installed in the floor to view sports events will remain, and will show old movies and cartoons.
A couple of the wall television sets remain in the space to provide sports viewing and event coverage.
For dining, Sizer plans to offer two menu choices and two price points to his patrons, along with continuing the special, seasonal 12 for $12 menu. Timothy’s will continue to offer the traditional fare that they have been known for on the main dining menu: their signature, Asian-inspired dishes, fresh seafood, appetizers and fresh vegetables and produce. The new casual dining menu will feature many items prepared in Sizer’s new, state-of-the-art smoker. Sizer said that he hopes that patrons will enjoy stopping on a regular basis for a quick burger, smoked pork butt or beef brisket sandwiches, ribs and chicken wings or a number of other fresh choices. A new specialty item is the banh-mi sandwich, which is inspired by Vietnamese and French cuisine. It features brisket or pulled pork shoulder with Asian pickled vegetables, cilantro and spices.
Sizer said that he welcomes guests to stop by and enjoy a sandwich and a beer and watch their favorite sports event, or just enjoy casual time with family and friends.
In a nod to former owners Ron and Trisha Miller, who had the early vision to open a fine dining restaurant in Harbor Country, a few dishes will bear their name. The famous, flourless Chocolate cake, as well as the Miller’s Country House burger, will be menu staples.
For your entertainment pleasure, Jesse Lee Scutchfield of Junior and the Igniters will continue to entertain guests weekly on both Thursday and Sunday evenings. In the summer months, Sizer plans to offer expanded entertainment in the outside Tiki bar and garden venue.
Sizer said that he felt his guests will be glad to see the familiar staff, led by Deon, returning.
“The staff is the heart of the restaurant,” he said.
He said the location, which was only two blocks from his former location, was a big plus.
“I was looking for an opportunity to expand the restaurant and the Red Arrow property presented a good value for the building and for the property,” he said.
“It was a good fit…everyone missed Miller’s and it seemed a good match to blend our brands together,” Sizer added.
Prior to opening Timothy’s Restaurant in the Gordon Beach Inn May 21, 2001, Sizer spent a few years in the kitchen at Miller’s Country House. He studied culinary arts at Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island, and he worked in restaurants in both Florida and New Orleans, where he earned the designation of Executive Chef.
For a renewed Harbor Country dining experience, visit Timothy’s at 16409 Red Arrow Highway in Union Pier. They can be contacted at 269-469-0900, firstname.lastname@example.org or by liking them on Facebook.