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May 5, 2021
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250 E. Main Street
Harbor Springs, MI 49740
Why they call this place Turkey's
When owner, Jeff Graham, was playing football for Harbor Springs High School in 1966, he somehow sprained BOTH ankles in one mid-season week. Hobbling around on the practice field, coach Joe Greigg yelled, “You’re walking like a turkey out there!” The sprained ankles went away but the nickname stuck. Ten years later, when he needed to name his pizzeria, the name Turkey’s seemed the ONLY choice.
The building you are in was built over 120 years ago in 1881-1882. It is one of the oldest remaining buildings in Harbor Springs. Lumber from the area’s great white pines, milled at one of three local lumber mills, was used in its construction. Originally, there were floor to ceiling windows along the east wall and its neighbor to the east was the local fire station.
In the 1920s it was the print shop for The Emmet County Republican, but the building has housed numerous businesses since then. The Republican was the predecessor of the Emmet County Graphic, who moved next door in 1930. During the 30s and 40s many buildings—including this one—stood vacant along Main Street. In the 1950s and early 60s the exclusive Cashmere Shop sold soft woolen goods here during the summer months. In the late 60s the “I Scream Parlor” opened. It boasted 32 flavors of ice cream, Bob Dylan music, T-shirts, and late-night hours.
After switching owners in a card game, and several partners later, John Kilborn’s Bakery opened in 1972 and introduced a full bakery line and coffee shop. The first pizza ever made in Harbor Springs was made here in these ovens. Darlene and Dudley Marvin, one of John Kilborn’s partners, took over and started The Lemon Tree, serving sandwiches and ice cream.
Turkey’s moved here from its original State Street location near the Post Office in May 1978. After extensive remodeling, the new restaurant-cafe-pizzeria-ice cream parlor opened and became a popular spot for locals, resorters and visitors. With the addition of the beer, wine and liquor license, Turkey’s is now a full-service restaurant open 362 days a year. We thank you for your patronage and look forward to serving you again.