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Kruse’s Deer Lake Inn

Kruse’s Deer Lake Inn

The Deer Lake Inn Properties were constructed in the late 1890s, when the Clarkston area was booming with the tourist trade. As Clarkston prospered, summer vacationers began to flock to Deer Lake, staying in private homes, small cottages, and at the Deer Lake Inn. William Barry, a Chicago Hotelier, anticipated the potential of the tourist …

The Face of Main Street

The Face of Main Street

How many times have you passed by the two English Figures gracing the front entry of our Kruse and Muer on Main Street without knowing the history?  It’s a good one! When I bought the Main Street property in 1990, the storefront was already there, brought to Rochester by Clarence Kavan when he opened his …

Bill Kruse’s Year In Review…

Bill Kruse’s Year In Review…

Believe it or not, it’s been one year since I first considered the Kruse’s Deer Lake Inn as our sixth restaurant venture. It’s taken longer, and has certainly been more costly than I originally planned for, but I’m sure it will be worth it in the long run. My sons Casey and Alex and I …

Team Spotlight: Alex Kruse

Team Spotlight: Alex Kruse

Bill Kruse was once described by Chuck Muer as the best “Saloon Keeper” he’d ever come across. Today Bill describes his son Alex the same way. He just seems to have that ability to connect with people and runs his restaurant that way with a real passion. Casey Kruse, Alex’s older brother who is also …

Guest Spotlight: Meet Steve Fleischer

Guest Spotlight: Meet Steve Fleischer

Kruse and Muer at the Lake is a place you will see many familiar faces return again and again. Some come to celebrate, some to enjoy holidays, and some just want to enjoy a beverage and an appetizer at the bar after a long day at work. Steve Fleischer encompasses all of these. He frequents …

Team Spotlight: Meet Jennifer Kloc

Team Spotlight: Meet Jennifer Kloc

One of the first things I learned about hiring employees was to seek out “good people”. That is, people who are genuinely nice, who treat people like they want to be treated and who would treat my business like it was their own. We were pretty certain we found just that kind of person back …

Exciting Changes ‘At the Lake!’

Exciting Changes ‘At the Lake!’

Kruse and Muer at the Lake opened in 2002 in the site of the landmark restaurant, Gus’s Steakhouse. In our nine years here we have become somewhat of a fixture in this community and have made lots of friends. I knew from the get go that this was a good place for us. When I …

Team Spotlight: Bianca Hill

Team Spotlight: Bianca Hill

Bianca has been with the Rochester Chop House since February 18, 1992.  Going on twenty years this month, Bianca still enjoys walking through its doors each morning, ready to visit with her “extended family.” Bianca says working for and next to Vince Clark, General Manager and Operating Partner, is one of the reasons she enjoys …

Guest Spotlight: Meet the Holobaughs

Guest Spotlight: Meet the Holobaughs

“When we come here, everyone makes you feel so comfortable, it’s like family.” Gene and Laura Holobaugh have been regulars at Lake Orion since it opened its doors in 2001. Through the years they have developed close relationships with the team members. Some faces come and go, but they say no matter who greets them …