24530 Jefferson · St.
Clair Shores, MI 48080
Macomb Daily Staff Writer
Sunday, May 15, 2011
Nautical Mile waking up
Two new diners
opening, Pegasus plans to add patio in 2012
A pair of familiar names in the bar and restaurant
industry in St. Clair Shores plan to be part of the
future of the Nautical Mile, which has rapidly
become one of Macomb County’s hottest entertainment
New to Jefferson Avenue in coming weeks are:
Brownie’s on the Lake — a well-known eatery that
once operated in what is now Jefferson Beach Grill —
is being revived at the former Dockside Jack’s.
Michael LeFevre, a longtime St. Clair Shores
restaurant figure, is opening a new quaint and
comfortable lakeside burger bar titled Mike’s on the
Water inside of Michigan Harbor.
They join a growing list of eating and drinking
establishments that are investing major dollars into
the mile strip including the new Rojo Mexican Bistro
and the planned patio addition at Pegasus Taverna in
LeFevre says there’s a reason for the uptick in
“Cars draw cars, people draw people,” he said. “The
more places, the more choices people have to get out
and relax by the lake, it makes the entire avenue
more hot.” The additions come at a time when the
Nautical Mile Merchants Association and marina
owners are looking to work with city officials on a
$6 million public/private partnership to spruce up
the area in an effort to attract new tourism dollars
from boaters in Michigan and neighboring states.
Despite the tepid economy, there still is a lot of
money tied to the boating community.
A report compiled by the Recreation Marine Research
Center of Michigan State University found the marina
area along Jefferson between Nine Mile and 10 Mile
roads generates $30 million in annual revenue,
although the study was conducted in 2007, before the
national economy collapsed.
Those dollars are enough to attract the attention of
longtime Nautical Mile investors such as LeFevre.
For him, opening Mike’s on the Water is a
homecoming. He was an owner of Jack’s Waterfront
Restaurant from 1994 until he sold his share in
2003. His family also operated the former Lido’s on
the Lake from 1982 to 1990.
He spent the past seven years in Miami soaking up
the Florida culture before returning to St. Clair
Shores to launch yet another venture.
“This is a good fit for me,” LeFevre said. “This
place is very casual, with an East Coast village
oyster bar kind of feel. It has a great view of the
lake, boat docking up front and plenty of parking.”
Mike’s on the Water features dark, stained floors
with booths and high-top chairs and seats 150 inside
and 24 on the outside deck. The menu will feature
“baskets of burgers, buckets of beer,” along with
mini fish burgers, fried bologna sandwiches, fish,
salads and appetizers. Entertainment will be
provided by a one- or two-man band performing what
he calls “Jimmy Buffett-style music.”
Mike’s will be open 11 a.m. to close seven days a
week. More information is available at
or at (586) 872-2630.