this place doesn't open until 4pm on the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend......??? I've eaten many meals here, albeit not all have been ideal. That's NOT what this review is about though....
Memorial Day Sunday I recommended that my friends that rode up for the weekend meet us at the Firefly for a late lunch. Approximately 20 bikes, 40 total people. I arrived at 2pm-ish to alert the staff that 40 people were on their way and never, NEVER, NEVER expected the restaurant to be closed until 4pm..... Closed until 4pm, on MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND? WHO makes these decisions? This place is two blocks off main street in TC. The city was PACKED with tourists.
My friends and I altered our plans, met at a bar downtown and enjoyed a great meal, however, spent a lot of time discussing WHY the Fire Fly was closed until 4pm. 40 potential customers taking downstate a story about how a restaurant in TC, on Memorial Day weekend does not open for lunch. NOT a good advertisement. If you've never been there it's important to understand that the Fire Fly is NOT an upscale place to eat. Decent food, great beer selection but it does NOT have the 5 star reputation that MAY provide it some latitude on operational hours.
Not sure I'll ever go back. There are far too many places to explore in TC without wasting my money or my friends money at a place that does not understand the value/necessity of being open during one of the most important weekends of the summer.
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June 3, 2013
I can appreciate your frustration of heading to one of your favorite places when you are sure they would be open and they are not. Firefly has been open in Traverse City since 2002 and we were open Sunday during the day for a couple of years. Sunday during the day is not a big day for a small plate, sushi and Martini place. We tried. I love that you look at the streets of Traverse City and think we are not doing what we should be. Our business is not easy, and we try and accommodate every guests needs to the best of our ability. We have our hours posted on our doors, on our website and on our facebook pages. I believe they are on Trip Advisor also. One thing I do want to coach you on is that any restaurant would love a call if you are planning on meeting any large group at their location, it will make it easy for you to be accommodated, it also helps to make sure you are not disappointed when they are not able to accommodate 20 bikers on a Sunday afternoon.
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