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A Century of History

City Park Grill, one of Petoskey’s oldest buildings, was originally constructed in 1875. McCarty Hall, as it was then known, was a males-only billiard parlor that offered cigars and “intoxicating beverages.”

The storied history includes tales of prohibition and underground tunnels, of young Ernest Hemingway, and ghost sightings. Enjoy the timeline below, and visit City Park Grill in Petoskey to make a little history of your own.

Photo Credit: Little Traverse Historical Society



Originally called McCarty Hall, the building was constructed by Alanso McCarty in 1875. It was a billiard hall that served “intoxicating beverages.” As a male-only establishment, the Sampling Room offered enticing items such as cigars, wines, and liquor to customers.