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“Great Find”

Little Bohemia - The West End Pub & Eatery
Ranked #51 of 320 Restaurants in Traverse City
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $9 - $18
Cuisines: Pub
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Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Reservations
Description: Est. 1932, Traverse City's 2nd Oldest Tavern, started as a hot dog stand with curb side service, outdoor seating, annual ritual of making sauerkraut, and a Speak Easy in the basement. One evening the owner was held up by a couple of Capone’s men, warning him he’d better get his liquor from Capone or else! They were chased off by an employee who was able to sneak to his truck and get his shotgun. Located in the heart of “Little Bohemia” the original owner named it in honor of the Bohemian community; expansions in 1933 and 1947 made it an icon and a premier destination in the city’s West End District. It also basks in the glory of Sir Walter Hagen. The golf legend made a daily stop to “hold court”, play bumper pool and have a few drinks. He lovingly referred to it as his “home away from home.” In 1961, Arnold Palmer won his 1st British Open win; he received a “congratulations” call from Walter Hagen; the call was made from Little Bohemia. Stop by and take in some great local history!
Reviewed July 4, 2014 via mobile

We have been to TC 5+ times and it was our first visit for lunch. We tried going to some other downtown restaurants, but they had extensive wait times. We checked Trip Advisor and it was a great find. Beer cheese was flavorful and the wings with caraway added a nice touch. Olive burger was great and my son enjoyed the perch sandwich. The owner was very helpful and she takes a lot of pride in her food. I wished we tried the Bohemia special and we'll try on our next visit. Desserts were outstanding, carrot cake and bread pudding. Parking lot helps.

1  Thank Francis K
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Reviewed July 1, 2014 via mobile

A restaurant away from the bustle of the city. I ordered a burger, nothing too special. Grandma got the meatloaf special, not much special. I guess a good place to go for something to eat really.

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Thank imakeywell
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Reviewed June 27, 2014

Rustic cabin feel in the beautiful quiet city of Traverse City. This restaurant features local cuisine, brewed beverages, sodas and desserts. Come here for lunch and try the Grinder "1 of 75 things all northerners must eat before they die" or the TC cherry samich that is topped with a cherry walnut mayo dressing. If you're looking to lace up your dancing shoes, be here at night to shake it on Lil' Bo dance floor which features local bands playing celtic to blue grass to swing music different nights of the week. With a few updates to their menu, furniture and adopting its rustic country feel...this could bring Nashville up north!

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Thank ReflectiveEscapes
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Reviewed June 25, 2014

Great recommendation from our hotel! My husband ordered The Bohemian plate and loved it!! I had the Bohamie sandwich with sweet potato tots which was very tasty. Followed by the apple crisp dessert with Moomers ice cream. We will definitely be back :-)

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1  Thank Debbie K
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Reviewed June 23, 2014

While my family, friends, and business partners have frequented this restaurant on a regular basis, such shall not be case in the future! Food is good, and the facility is clean. My final visit to this facility was this past Friday evening June 20th. The staff and owner was more concerned about setting aside a "reserved" section for twenty five people, than to meeting the needs of those already present and waiting to be served. Then the group of twenty-five arrive, and everybody else are almost completely forgotten about. After waiting 25 minutes to have our dinner order taken, my meager group of four finally gave up and headed elsewhere. An out of town Asian family of twelve were made to feel particularly uncomfortable, insulted and discriminated against as they couldn't understand why the open tables and chairs were not available to them - only to see a "group" of others come in and be immediately seated. These people were not treated with respect as guests and were hurriedly ushered out the door so as not to be in the way of the "expected group." This is unfortunate and is not worthy of my business

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LittleBohemia, Supervisor at Little Bohemia - The West End Pub & Eatery, responded to this reviewResponded June 28, 2014

Our response to DIVER D (whoever you are hiding behind your Internet ID).

First of all, please accept our apology for not providing service to your satisfaction on Friday, June 20, 2014. As we recall, you were promptly greeted, as we do all customers, unless of course we are extremely busy, we’re pretty sure you sat at Table 3, (the 2nd Short Bar in from the Main Entrance), a table that was supposed to be for a large group that made a reservation, but we gave it to you anyway as we recognized you as regular customer. You were promptly served drinks and then, yes, we did neglect to get your food order fast enough to suit you. It was all a matter of timing as, and we are certain that we informed you, as we informed all the other our customers, we had a reservation for 45 people, (not 25 as you have incorrectly stated) coming in at 7:30pm (a reservation that was made two months ago) and that we would serve them as quickly as possible.

Res•er•va•tion noun \ˌre-zər-ˈvā-shən\ is an arrangement to have something, such as a room, table, or seat, held for your use at a set time.

To accommodate the reservation for 45 (not 25) people, we set aside our whole backroom, the three Short Bars immediately next to the back room and 4 seats at the bar. Only one, not all, of the staff (Nancy) was in the process of pulling the tables together in the back room when a family came in, a family of 7 (not 12 as you have incorrectly stated). Nancy approached them and said, “We’re sorry, but we cannot seat anyone right now as we have a group of 45 people coming in 15 minutes.” They replied, “Ok, we will go somewhere else.” They made their way the door and as they gathered outside on our patio, a table up front near the band was about to leave and became available. Nancy quickly stepped outside and was able to catch the family before they left and said to them, “We can seat you after all, a table is about to leave, we just need about 10 minutes to get it ready for you, if you don’t mind waiting.” They were thrilled! They replied, “Yes, we will wait, thank you.” They not only waited, they enjoyed their meal, complimented us on our service, gave us a better than 20% gratuity and even stayed after to listen to the band longer. So tell me Sir, why would this family wait to be seated, enjoy their meal, compliment us on our service, give us a very generous gratuity and stay longer to enjoy the band if we treated them as you have claimed we did when they first arrived?

As for your other comments . . . .
“The staff and owner was more concerned about setting aside a "reserved" section for twenty five people, than to meeting the needs of those already present and waiting to be served.”
-> Yes, we had to get the area cleaned and set up (a few tables that had just left in the back room, which of course you wouldn’t any knowledge of as you cannot see them from where you were sitting) for the group so that it would be ready when they arrived. Granted the service was slower than normal for everyone, yes everyone, including the group of 45; in fact they waited longer than anyone else due to the size of their group. All tables were served in the order in which the tickets were entered to the kitchen. It was reported that a few orders went in for the big group, immediately followed by orders for all the other tables in the restaurant. This included the family of 7 that was served the same time we served the group of 45. Through it all, not one single customer expressed dissatisfaction with our service that night, not a single one, only you. In fact they all commended us on what a great job we did.

“An out of town Asian family of twelve were made to feel particularly uncomfortable, insulted and discriminated against as they couldn't understand why the open tables and chairs were not available to them - only to see a "group" of others come in and be immediately seated. These people were not treated with respect as guests and were hurriedly ushered out the door so as not to be in the way of the "expected group."
-> Your comments are outrageous, slanderous and a complete diatribe! No one was made to feel uncomfortable, no one was insulted, no one was discriminated against, no one was ushered out the door, and no one was treated as you have claimed.

What we would like to know why didn’t you just confront the owner? Why didn’t you address this on the spot? Why didn’t you say this to their face? Why did you choose to post this review on TripAdvisor accusing our business of discrimination?

Responding to your post may be a good decision; it may be a bad one, nonetheless our side of the story needs to be known. We will let our loyal customers and others draw their own conclusion.

Thank you

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