Apache Trout Grill was founded by Mike and Sheila Connors in 1994 out of a passion for the Northern Michigan Outdoors and his love of the fresh fish he caught while fly fishing. In 2018, Mike and Sheila passed the ownership of the restaurant to Traverse City native, Jeff Lobdell.
New Owner Jeff Lobdell says:
“The Apache Trout Grill has always been one of my favorite restaurants and I was flattered when the Connors approached me about purchasing their restaurant. I look forward to carrying on their tradition of offering award winning dining experiences to the Grand Traverse area. I truly don’t see this as Jeff Lobdell’s restaurant. This restaurant belongs to the community and the people that patronize it. My role is to be the caretaker of the Apache Trout Grill so it can continue to serve its role as a cherished waterfront, community gathering place.”
Former owner Mike Connors adds:
“My Wife Sheila and I would like to thank the community for all of your support these last 24 years. We’ve made so many great friends and will cherish the wonderful memories we’ve made. We’ve made the decision to move on to the next phase in our lives. It was extremely important to us that we find a quality operator to continue the legacy of Apache Trout Grill and Jeff, a Traverse City native, and his entire team were the perfect fit. The Lobdell family has an impeccable reputation and history of excellent operations. I’m confident the business will be in good hands.”
Located right on the water in Traverse City, with a stunning view of Sutton’s Bay, the Apache Trout Grill is one of the best restaurants in Traverse City. Our signature dishes include hand-cut choice steaks, fresh seafood, ribs, lobster bisque soup, and so much more. Everything we offer is always prepared with the freshest, local ingredients available. We have a fantastic brunch on the weekends with some of the most divine offerings around.
Enjoy a romantic restaurant experience with a wide selection of local wines or relax and take in the view of the water while relaxing outside on our patio enjoying a few ice-cold beers or craft cocktails. The views at Apache Trout Grill are FREE of charge!