So, you’re spending the day in Frankenmuth. You may be walking downtown, checking out the River Place shops, attending one of the city’s many events, maybe taking a riverboat tour…and, more than likely, enjoying one of Frankenmuth’s world-famous chicken dinners at the end of the day. If you came into town shortly after breakfast, your dinner is still hours away. But now, there’s a new place to grab some lunch when you feel your stomach rumbling—SugarHigh Café.
“We specialize in the meal between breakfast and those famous chicken dinners,” says owner/baker Heather Rousseau. “We wanted to give Frankenmuth residents and visitors a fun, fresh option for lunch, as well as offer another venue to get our fabulous cupcakes.”
SugarHigh Café’s owners, Heather and Adam Rousseau, already have two shops in Frankenmuth, SugarHigh Bakery and SugarRush Candy Shop. When a local restaurant closed its doors, the couple visited the location simply to purchase some equipment. However, they decided that the space was the perfect spot for the café they had been thinking about opening.
The café, located on Main Street, has its own parking lot, free Wi-Fi, and a great outdoor seating area with a walk-up window, perfect for dining al fresco with your pets when the weather is nice.
“So many people love to bring their dogs to Frankenmuth with them. This offers them a pet-friendly space to eat. We even have a pet treats menu,” says Rousseau.
For two-legged guests, the café serves fresh, made-to-order panini sandwiches with about 20 toppings to choose from, chicken tenders, Kern’s bratwursts and hot dogs, and homemade corn dogs. Most meals cost between $5 – $7. To finish off your meal, the café has over 15 flavors of ice cream, homemade funnel cakes, its famous cupcakes, and other sweet treats such as deep-fried Oreos and Twinkies. A special treat that’s unique to the area is the café’s bubble tea, a drink consisting of tea with fruit and milk with large pearl tapioca “bubbles” mixed in.
“Bubble tea is probably our biggest seller, since it’s so unique to the area,” says Rousseau. “We are always looking at new, unique items to add to our menu. Our vision for the café is to use only locally-sourced, Michigan products on our menu while providing guests with a fun, comfortable space [where they can] relax and enjoy the city.”
SugarHigh Café, 525 S Main St, Frankenmuth, 989-652-2400, www.sugarhighllc.com. Hours: Sunday – Thursday (10 a.m. – 6 p.m.), and Friday – Saturday (10 a.m. – 7 p.m.).