Iconic PM Steamers Gets New Owners, Name & Menu

A recognizable restaurant in the Ludington community for years, PM Steamers has received a fresh look and opened this spring under the name Crown and Cork.

The harbor-front restaurant on Loomis Street, now owned by Brian and Lynda Matson of Ludington, has rolled out a new menu and beautiful improvements to the building — all with a trendy, relaxed vibe for the enjoyment of customers.

“Our new chef, Chef Dan, has over 17 years of fine dining experience as well as owning his own businesses and has been trained and certified at one of the best culinary schools in Michigan,” Lynda said. “He’s widely known for his ability to pair foods in order to create a unique and tasteful experience.”

New menu items will include: beer-battered cauliflower served with a duo of sauces; salt-roasted beets with fresh honeycomb, goat cheese and arugula; spinach-artichoke & jumbo crab dip; Cajun salmon bites served with lemon aioli; and a signature jumbo shrimp with buttered grits.

Physical upgrades to the restaurant include fresh paint, a new bar area and updated decor.

“People can expect to see many changes and upgrades throughout the entire restaurant,” said Lynda. “In order to take advantage of the one-of-a-kind view, there is new high-top seating in the bar area.

“Additionally, there are custom circle booths that will face the marina, and the newly painted deck area will boast all-new polywood furniture for outdoor dining. Along with new furniture and freshly painted walls, the women’s bathroom is getting a fresh look, and there will be new carpet throughout the entire restaurant.”

Crown and Cork will be open for lunch, dinner and happy hour, featuring a full bar with organic, infused cocktails.

Entertainment at the waterfront establishment will include live jazz on Fridays, while dueling piano players will energize the crowd on Saturday nights.

Follow the Crown and Cork Facebook page to stay up to date on dinner specials and events.

‘Get Hooked’ on Keeper’s Fish Shack

Adding to the magic of Legacy Plaza this summer will be the grand opening of Keeper’s Fish Shack, a walk-up fish restaurant at 106 North James Street.

Doug and Sarah Holmes have taken on this new endeavor with their children, Lindsey and Carson, and plan to open mid-June. Grab your meal to go and enjoy it in the plaza, at a local park, or beach. 

“We continue to call ourselves crazy getting into the restaurant business, but are so excited all at the same time,” said Lindsey Holmes. “We are calling our place a ‘food truck without wheels.’ The location is everything, as the brand-new Legacy Plaza is going to be right outside our door.”

For a few years, the family had been looking for a place where they could open a business that sells fresh, cooked fish and seafood in the downtown area of Ludington. When the Thai Mango building was listed for sale, they thought it was perfect.

“In the end, we talked to a few people and prayed about it and felt encouraged and led to go for it,” Lindsey said. 

“Our goal is to make it look like an old fish shack, so we are using lots of old barn steel and wood. Our concept is that you come in, grab your drinks and grab-and-go items, place your order at the counter, and then head back outside and pick up the food at our takeout window.”

Inside the building, the kitchen has been expanded, a new counter is in place, and drywall, flooring and lighting have been installed. Doug Holmes, who is in the construction business, is in charge of renovations. 

The menu will feature Great Lakes perch, walleye, bluegill, salmon, North Pacific cod and mahi-mahi. Seafood will include calamari and shrimp, and for the non-fish lovers, there will be chicken strips. These will be served as dinners, and some, in sandwich options as well. Most fish will be offered fried, but cod and mahi-mahi can be fried, grilled or blackened. Salmon will be grilled or blackened only. 

Grab-and-go items will include various fish and seafood dips and fish jerky. The Holmeses are also in the process of getting a merchant beer/ wine license and will offer soda and water in the meantime. 

Keeper’s Fish Shack will be open daily from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. (closed Wednesdays) through Labor Day. To find a menu and view upcoming specials, check out the restaurant on Facebook: www.facebook.com/KeepersFishShack