THE HISTORIC MT. Shasta restaurant in Michigamme is coming back to life.
Scott Holman, an NMU Trustee and Ishpeming native, recently bought the cafe, which had always been a popular stop for motorists on US 41. He’s now renovating it and hopes to have it open by late July, still in time to catch much of the summer tourist traffic.
The big question: What about the water?
As you might recall, that’s what forced the shutdown of the restaurant by the previous owner three years ago. Water samples indicated the presence of of coliform and e coli. Officials couldn’t determine the source.
Well, Holman says nobody can quite tell him exactly what caused the problem three years ago–he has his own ideas. But what he can say is officials have conducted three water tests from Mt. Shasta’s well over the last three months, and all have come back clean. Good water. No problems.
Great news for Michigamme and tourists looking to experience a little bit of history. A few scenes of the movie Anatomy of a Murder were shot at Mt. Shasta back in the Fifties.
“This is a piece of history,” Holman says. “I want to preserve it for years to come.”
No structural repairs were needed but Holman is having the interior completely renovated. All new equipment installed.
Holman, an NMU alumnus, is a prominent businessman and civic leader who lives downstate in Freeland, but spends about half the year at his camp in Baraga County.
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