A vegan- and vegetarian-friendly restaurant is coming to downtown Traverse City.
The Om Café, a restaurant that has been successful in Ferndale, is now opening a second location in TC, on Cass Street. The Om Café
is family-owned and focuses on vegetarian and vegan dishes, along with local wines and beers. The original in Ferndale has been open since 1985, started and still owned and managed by Colleen Smiley.
Her son and café co-owner, Jason Thibodeau, has been a part of the Ferndale restaurant for many years, and now will move to Traverse City to open the new location. He says the family has always loved Traverse City and made many visits here over the years.
"It seems like a perfect fit," says Thibodeau, speaking of the area's locavore and foodie culture, and increasing local awareness of natural, organic and alternative food options.
The Traverse City location will have the same basic menu as in Ferndale, but with additions, made possible by a larger kitchen.
The northern version of Om Café is set to open in June or early July. Among Thibodeau's planned offerings are appetizers, gourmet pizzas, classic vegetable stews, fish dishes, and an all-organic cocktail menu.
Writer: Sam Eggleston
Source: Jason Thibodeau, Om Café