Sleder’s, has always felt like stepping back in time -- the long bar, the ice cream parlor chairs, the tin ceiling. Now locals can revel in the fact it doesn’t just look old – it actually is the oldest continuously operating restaurant in the state, having opened its doors in 1882. Read all about us... and make plans to meet your friends!
Sleder's has always been known to locals as the place to eat, drink and tell lies! But, thanks to all of our loyal local patrons, neighbors, family and visitors... Traverse City's favorite hang-out for burgers, craft beers, homemade fries has just been named THE OLDEST EATERY IN MICHIGAN! Open since 1882, and still serving! Congratulations Sleder's...and our favorite lucky moose...Randolph!
Oldest eating and drinking establishments-listed by State
Sleder’s Family Tavern
Traverse City, MI (Est. 1882)
Oh poor White Horse, that two-year hiatus you took from 2012 until January 2014 had you just missing your claim to the throne. But since White Horse closed, the mantle has been taken by Sleder’s, a Traverse City tavern built over three years in the 1880s by locals on their day off from wood planks from nearby pulp mills. They stayed open during prohibition by serving bourbon and rye in teacups at no charge, and have a moose head on the wall that patrons are known to kiss for luck.