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Timothy’s Restaurant opens to rave reviews

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Love was in the air as people celebrated Valentine’s Day and the reopening of Timothy’s Restaurant in the former Miller’s Country House/Mickey’s Sports Bar location in Union Pier Tuesday, Feb. 14. Owner and Master Chef Tim Sizer and his staff welcomed what seemed like everyone who stayed in Harbor Country for the winter to his new fine and casual dining establishment.

The side entrance steps were overflowing with anxious patrons by 6:30 p.m. and the crowds kept coming. The main dining room was buzzing with happy patrons basking in the glow of the familiar surroundings and a new Primo fireplace; the bar was alive with conversation and laughter and the bar seating area was filled with people enjoying the taste of the familiar Asian inspired menu and the new smoked entrée offerings.

It was a night filled with sweet memories, both new and old. For Robert Shearer II and Robert Lesniewski, it marked a night of new beginnings as Robert Lesniewski accepted a marriage proposal after their 15-year courtship. A happy Shearer said, “Mrs. Beane and Elliot (their cat and dog) will now have a legitimate family.” For many, opening night was like old-home week, as people reminisced about the many fond memories and good times shared at Miller’s Country House.

The familiar vocals and guitar music of Jesse Lee Scutchfield entertained throughout the evening. Look for Jesse every Thursday and Sunday night. In the summer months, Sizer said he plans to offer expanded entertainment in the outside Tiki bar and garden venue.

It seems that the memories will continue to be made with the rebirth of the beloved establishment. Timothy’s is open at 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday and will feature two menu choices along with the Twelve for $12 seasonal menu. Timothy’s will continue to offer the traditional fare that they have been known for on their 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 that is sure to delight is the bahn-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 to watch their favorite sports event, or just enjoy casual time with family and friends.

“Since this was only two blocks from our former location it was a big plus… It was a good fit…everyone missed Miller’s and it seemed a good match to blend our brands together,” Sizer said of the new location.

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, info@ timothysrestaurant.com and on Facebook.

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Linda Henderson

Correspondent Linda Henderson, AKA Lois Lane, has been passionate about staying on top of late breaking news, ongoing municipal projects and local social events for the past eighteen years. Prior to joining New Buffalo Times, she was a Realtor in Bucktown and Lincoln Park in Chicago, Il. She says, “Waking up and seeing the beauty of Lake Michigan everyday keeps me going, along with my labradoodle and sidekick, Scruffy.”