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LITTLE BOHEMIA, Traverse City's 2nd Oldest Tavern, was built as a hot dog stand in 1932, with Curb Side Service and outdoor seating, an annual ritual of making sauerkraut, and a Speak Easy in the basement. Folks would knock on the back door and go directly to the basement. One evening while closing up the owner was paid a visit by a couple of Al Capone’s men. They held him at gunpoint, warning him he’d better get his liquor from Capone or else! The men were chased off by an employee who was able to sneak out to his truck and get his shotgun; he surprised them; fortunately they never returned. Located in the heart of “Little Bohemia” as the area was known and being of Bohemian descent, the original owner named his business in honor of the Bohemian community that had settled on the west end of the city. Little Bohemia immediately became the gathering place on Saturday nights. At the end of prohibition, the building was expanded to include a tavern and its popularity continued to grow into a Traverse City landmark, now an icon and a premier destination in the city’s West End District. This traditional Michigan tavern has stood the test of time and still maintains its original name. Little Bohemia is blessed with fame in its own right, as the 2nd oldest tavern in Traverse City, but basks in the glory of the late Sir Walter Hagen. The golf legend, who settled on Long Lake after he retired, made a daily stop to “hold court” or play a few games of bumper pool and of course have a few drinks. Mr. Hagen lovingly referred to Little Bohemia as his “home away from home” and often spoke of it during his travels. In 1961, just as he walked off the course from his 1st British Open win, Arnold Palmer received a call from Walter Hagen; a call that was the beginning of a lifelong friendship. “The biggest thrill I got when I set a British Open record of 276 strokes at Troon, was to have Walter Hagen phone me from Little Bo’s in Traverse City to congratulate me,” said Palmer. “I didn’t even know The Haig knew I was alive until then. So when I went to Traverse City to honor him near the end of his life I had to go and visit this place he called his home.” The actual interview can be seen on YouTube; just search Arnold Palmer.Stop by for great home cooking and fast friendly service.
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Bar & Grills, Restaurants, Taverns, Banquet Halls & Reception Facilities
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Attire: Casual

Bike Parking: Yes

Cuisines: Bar & Grills

Parking: Street, Lot, Private

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Alcohol: Full Bar

Outdoor Seating: Yes

Price Range : Average


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You gotta have the Eggplant!

I am not a big fan of eggplant, but when I saw a write up about Capone���s Eggplant Appetizer in Traverse Magazine (March 2007) I decided to stop in and give it a try. OMG! It is out of this world; simply the BEST Eggplant I have ever had. The presentation was beautiful; a tower of grilled eggplant layered between a mixture of fresh ricotta, spinach and sun-dried tomatoes, served on a bed of Capone���s homemade Marinara. DELICIOUS! TOP-OF -THE CLASS! A++. Other appetizers include Drunken Mussels (I���m going to try them next time), Bruschetta and Potato Gnocchi to name a few. Beside their incredible appetizers, Capone���s is famous for their Sicilian style pasta dishes made from old world family recipes. I ordered the Seafood Pasta special; a very generous portion Lobster, Shrimp, Scallops, and Crab in a light sun-dried tomato cream sauce over fettuccini; one word, SUPBURB! The rest of the menu offers signature sandwiches and burgers (made fresh daily from ground chuck from Burritt���s Market), salads, homemade soup and chili (seasonal), entrees and daily specials. I give Lil Bo���s & Capone���s Caf�� a 10!

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