About Us

The Bears Den Restaurant has been known by several names since it was first built in the 1940's. It was part of the Evergreen Resort, which included the Bear Store and the motels & cabins. The property was split and later renamed Jack & Ester's, The Homestead, Betty's Place, and finally, since May 1, 1991, it's current title, The Bears Den Restaurant.

Much of its charm comes from the original knotty pine walls. Even the bathrooms have the original wood walls. Most of the food is made from scratch from family recipes, and recipes Fred & Peggy have collected over the years. The peanut butter pie and chicken dumpling soup are only two of the many delicious dishes you will only find here.

The menu has just about everything. Breakfast (you can order all day, so dont worry if you over sleep!). Sandwiches from BLT's to Monte Cristo's and many variations of the hamburger with all the sides. Our spaghetti and chicken dinners are a big hit on the dinner menu, and of course our wonderful pizzas! We have over 25 different toppings and carry not only or red sauce, but a white Sicilian sauce and an Italian Pesto sauce. We offer daily dinner and pizza specials. You can call ahead and have your table and food ready, or get anything on our menu to go.

The Bears Den Restaurant is located in the heart of a true outdoor vacation area! We are only minutes away from several lakes and the AuSable River, which allows easy access to canoeing, water skiing, boating, jet skiing, fishing, swimming, and camping, with some of the best views nature can offer. For a real treat you can ride the AuSable River Queen!

Being a part of the Huron National Forest allows our customers to enjoy many snowmobile, ORV, horse, hiking, and ski trails. It isn't unusual to find a hunter or trail rider looking over our trail maps to plan their next adventure or to just find where they are! For the hunting enthusiast we are in a prime hunting and fishing area with several campgrounds and a motel next door. In addition, there are several DNR look outs along the Scenic Byway which offers spectacular views of the AuSable River and the forest during any season! You can even catch a glimpse of Bald Eagles which glide by our parking lot from time to time.

With our casual family dining and true homemade meals and pizzas, we are able to add to the wonderful outdoor experience you will find in this area. Take a deep breath, relax, unwind, slow down and enjoy everything this beautiful area has to offer! Oh, and don't forget, Koko the bear is our neighbor!

If you would like to stop and see us or just say hello, The Bears Den Restaurant is located 5 1/2 miles north of Hale, MI on M-65. The address here is: 6805 M-65, Hale, MI 48739. The phone number is (989) 728-BEAR (2327) and our email address is bear@thebearsdenrestaurant.com.

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