By Chrissine Cairns, December 19, 2019 Deb Cairns hands the Sleder’s keys to her son, Ryan Cox: (L-R) Megan Cox, Ryan Cox, Deb Cairns, and Brian Cairns, Sleder’s Family Tavern, Michigan’s oldest continuously operating restaurant, has announced that its 138th year will begin with new owners. On December 31, 2019, Brian and Deb Cairns, who have owned the tavern since 1992, are selling the [...]
The Sleder’s motto, “Good will is good business” is credited to Polly Sleder (nee Kluzak, 1888 – 1967). Polly was the daughter-in-law of Vencil M. Sleder (1850-1904), the Bohemian immigrant who founded Sleder’s in 1882. When Polly was running the tavern and sold a case of beer, she’d throw in a double shot and a beer for free. In the 1930s during prohibition, Polly and Louis […]
Happy Cherry Festival 2018! Welcome to Sleder’s Family Tavern. We are located in Little Bohemia, the historic westside neighborhood locally referred to as “Slabtown” for its wood-slab homes that evoke Traverse City’s sawmill past. Sleder’s original owner, Vencel Sleder, a master wheelwright, built Sleder’s with the help of fellow Bohemian woodworkers. Working only on Sundays, their day off from the local sawmills, the men spent […]
In restaurant news on February 6, 2018, Full Service Restaurant (FSR) Magazine, named Sleder’s Family Tavern among “21 of the Most Legendary Restaurants in America.” Sleder’s is extremely honored to be recognized. We thank our patrons, especially, for continuously coming back, bringing their friends and families, and for making Sleder’s such a treasured and fun tradition in our community, around Michigan, and across the nation. […]
This Independence Day, bring your family, friends and relatives to kiss the lucky moose, and enjoy great food and drinks at the oldest restaurant in Michigan! Our walls are filled with mighty animals and great moments in American history… it’s almost like eating in a museum with friends! Have one of our bartenders make your favorite fourth of July drink! Watch fireworks, and enjoy relaxing […]
What could be more fun than hanging out with your bestie at an impressive 21 foot bar made of solid mahogany and sided with cherry wood? Having Randolph join us for a toast!