As summer draws to a close, people think about the
start of school, cooler weather and cider mill
Not Mike LeFevre.
As owner of Mike’s on the Water, along the Nautical
Mile in St. Clair Shores, LeFevre is already
planning winter upgrades to his lakeside bar and
restaurant for next year’s boating season.
To kick off
the 2017 summer, he unveiled the
opening of a rooftop deck,
which has proven to be popular with folks stopping
for a bite or brew. It offers a great view of the
harbor leading out to Lake St. Clair, with all of
its boating traffic.
“This is my best creation I’ve ever done, hands
down,” LeFevre said, adding the season has been
Known as The
Lookout, the second-story deck was designed to
resemble a yacht with maritime clocks showing world
time zones. It seats 50.
LeFevre, a long-time fixture on the Lake St. Clair
entertainment scene, said his next project is to
convert an old canvas and awning shop next door into
a private banquet room and indoor mini-golf feature
that should be a big draw for families and date
nights. The golf feature
will have a nautical theme, with lighthouse and a
ship’s wheel. It was in LeFevre’splan
for this year, but was
“The putt-putt course is coming,” he said. “It will
open in 2018. That’s my plan.”
Mike’s on the Water, is a casual, comfortable
hamburger-and-beer joint that added an outside deck
in 2012. The menu naturally has fish entrees, along
with lobster rolls, salads, sandwiches and
soups.Most of the dishes are served in red-and-white
checkered waxed paper in plastic baskets.
Mike’s on the Water has
plans to stay open through the end of October. Check
it out at 24530 Jefferson (south of 10 Mile), St.
Clair Shores. For more information, call
• Just down the street from
Mike’s on the Water, the annual White Party takes
place Sunday atBrownie’s
on the Lake. The summer-end bash is sure
to attract a herds of guys and gals looking good,
decked out in white — the attire theme — and
enjoying nonstop music and dance, stunning light
shows and waterfront fun.
By land or sea, Brownie’s has become a key
destination on the Nautical Mile. There also will be
fire performers, go-go dancers and some of the
area’s best-known DJs. Tickets
are $10-$20, visit neptix.com/events/51008
The party begins at 9 p.m. Sunday.