Three Great Restaurant Opportunities Available in West Michigan!

Have you always dreamed of being your own boss? Do you want to own a bar where everybody knows your name? Do you binge watch Bar Rescue, Hotel Impossible, and Restaurant: Impossible on the weekends? Does quitting your job, selling everything, and starting over as the owner of a historic inn sound appealing?

Now is your chance, and you can do it right here in West Michigan! Core Realty has three established commercial properties for sale that are ready for an investor or ambitious entrepreneur.

Buzz’s Lakeside Inn

Nestled on the shores of White Lake, Buzz’s Lakeside Inn has loads of history and charm.

This is a unique opportunity to own or invest in the century-old resort, featuring a full-service bar and restaurant, 36 guest rooms, a heated pool and tennis court, and floating docks.

This historic inn has been a popular vacation destination for decades, and the restaurant draws tourists and locals alike. The resort property, listed at $3.25 million, is located at 5700 Scenic Drive and sits on 365 feet of shoreline on White Lake.

The Inn’s rich history dates back to the late 1800s, carrying on a relaxed family atmosphere, and the property has been recently updated. Many of the guest rooms have knotty pine, historic photos, a covered porch area with lawn chairs, and waterfront views. The resort includes standard lodge rooms, suites, the Fairway house and apartment, and individual cottages.

Buzz’s Lakeside Inn is within close proximity to the White Lake channel, Lake Michigan beaches, and Duck Lake State Park. Guests can visit Lake Michigan for carefree beach days and sunsets, or stay at the resort and enjoy watersports, tennis, lawn games, and relaxing in a lounger on the shores of White Lake.

Other activities include fishing, hiking, biking, and swimming in a heated pool Memorial Day through Labor Day. Paddle boards, sailing, tennis, and much more is available on-site during peak season. A boat ramp is near the property for people who want to bring their boat.

In addition, the Inn is 15 minutes from Michigan’s Adventure and a short drive to Montague and Whitehall. It’s also close to the historic White River Light Station museum and across the street from the White Lake Golf Club, which guests have access to play.

Open year-round, the bar and dining room have a quaint cottage feel and offer excellent views of White Lake. In the summer months, there is patio dining and the restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, quality wines, and a variety of craft beers.

The Lakeside Inn is a prime setting for weddings, reunions, retreats or other special occasions and popular with boaters who dock and dine at the restaurant.

The owner is looking for the right buyer or qualified investors/developers to take the resort to the next level, while retaining its current character. The restaurant and bar operation (business only) is also available for the right operator.

Visit Lakeside Inn’s website to learn more about the property, or view the listing and photos here. Contact listing agent Bryan Bench to set up a tour.

Full Moon Diner and Saloon

Located on well-traveled Whitehall Road, Full Moon Diner has a sportsman theme, pool table, jukebox, TVs, outdoor patio dining area, and full menu.

This is an exceptional opportunity to invest in an established bar/restaurant operation in Dalton. The restaurant is between North Muskegon and Whitehall and draws locals and visitors to the area. The $550,000 listing price includes all owned real estate, FFE, and liquor license.

The 5,000-square-foot building was built in 2008 and includes a dedicated bar, dining and banquet areas. The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner and has a loyal following. Visit the property at 3408 Whitehall Road or view photos and learn more here.  

Big Joe’s Bar & Grill

Big Joe’s Bar & Grill at 33 Applewood Drive is a local sports bar with big food, big drinks, and big entertainment. A life-size Marilyn Monroe cutout even welcomes guests.

The restaurant is situated at the west end of Sparta near the M-37 interchange, off 13 Mile Road near shopping, apartments, and commercial areas.

Listed at $469,000, this is a great opportunity to own an established restaurant/bar and put your own mark on it. The current owner/operator has owned it since 2009 and looking to retire.

Big Joe’s is a local hangout serving lunch and dinner with an atmosphere that is appropriate to bring the family for dinner. Bar patrons enjoy watching the games, drink specials, karaoke, and live music.

Property features include a modern and attractive building with a corner location off a busy road, ample parking, wheelchair accessibility, updated interior seating, and an outdoor patio.

The business comes with a well-equipped kitchen, liquor license, established menu and clientele, and excess land. Visit Big Joe’s Facebook page or read more on TripAdvisor. See Core’s listing here.  

For more information on these and other commercial properties, visit Core Realty or contact Commercial Manager Bryan Bench at 231-375-8033, cell 231-578-2508, or via email at

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