“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Petoskey in Emmet County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

The Braun



210 Howard Street

The Braun Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 25, 2016
1. The Braun Marker

Was Hemingway thinking about the Braun Restaurant when he wrote about Brown's Beanery in Torrents of Spring? In 1882, John George and Margareta Braun began a hotel/restaurant business that spanned 55 years and three generations. The Braun was known for its delicious food, advertising a "large pleasant dining room, meal and lunches served, oysters served in all styles, best day board for the price. Regular meals 25." Travelers and local folk found a lively meeting place full of upbeat piano music, local news, stories, and laughter.

The Braun struggled as a small hotel in a town filled with larger, more luxurious hotels. In 1917, JG Braun's son, George Christian and wife, Catherine, became the proprietors of "The New Braun." In 1921, GC Braun died at 47 years of age. Catherine continued to operate the Braun well into the Depression until the business was lost in bankruptcy in the late 1930s. For 15 years the Braun provided Catherine and her four children a home, a livelihood, and connections to retailers in what is now the Gaslight District.

The building was later used by the Petoskey Mattress Company and other purveyors before becoming the Petoskey Hotel. In 1975, it became a women's clothing store owned by Harold Grant. Gattle's fine linens, sold in Petoskey since the early 1900s, have been retailed here since 1996.


The Braun Building and Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 25, 2016
2. The Braun Building and Marker
Register of Historical Places
Erected by Little Traverse Historical Society.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Michigan, Little Traverse Historical Society marker series.
Location. 45° 22.529′ N, 84° 57.346′ W. Marker is in Petoskey, Michigan, in Emmet County. Marker is on Howard Street south of Bay Street, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 210 Howard Street, Petoskey MI 49770, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. J. Schapler Saloon (within shouting distance of this marker); M. J. Bourke: Agricultural Specialties (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Montgomery Sisters (about 300 feet away); National Hotel (about 300 feet away); G & A Building (about 300 feet away); Jesperson's Restaurant (about 300 feet away); McCarthy's Barber Shop (about 400 feet away); Brazile Petoskey Dry Goods and Groceries (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Petoskey.
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas. This page has been viewed 181 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas. This page was last revised on September 21, 2016.
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