“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.
Photographed 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 Braun Building and Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., August 25, 2016
2. The Braun Building and Marker
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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.

National Register of Historical Places
Erected by Little Traverse Historical Society.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce. In addition, it is included in the Michigan - Little Traverse Regional Historical Society series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1882.
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. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 210 Howard Street, Petoskey MI 49770, United States of America. Touch for directions.
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). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Petoskey.

Credits. This page was last revised on December 7, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 21, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 344 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 21, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.

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May. 27, 2022