• Mackinac Island, MI
  • Food, beverage, & entertainment, Hospitality

The Jockey Club

Located across the street from Grand Hotel, The Jockey Club has become a favorite amongst hotel guests, island visitors and locals of Mackinac Island. Originally built as a Snack Bar to cater The Jewel Golf Course, The Jockey Club features the only wood-fire grill on Mackinac Island and welcomes visitors to enjoy signature cocktails, and mouth-watering dishes incorporating local ingredients, all while overlooking the 9 hole of The Jewel Golf Course.

Seeking to undertake a comprehensive rehabilitation and expansion of the restaurant’s popular outdoor dining areas, The Jockey Club partnered with MG2 to enhance the dining experience for guests while preserving the historic charm of the building.

Designing a Complimentary Solution

The renovation included the replacement of weathered exterior dining tents with a striking new permeant structure. Designed to be a visual complement to the memorable architecture of the existing building, the pavilion features clean lines and simple but elegant composition. With permanently covered dining that can be enjoyed throughout the season, The Jockey Club has been enhanced with an inviting and comfortable dining experience for guests to enjoy.

Keeping Legacy Local

Designers paid close attention to the furniture, fixtures, and equipment (FF&E) used in the restoration, sourcing local, vintage FF&E from around Mackinac Island to create a unified and community-centric space that could accommodate more guests. The result is a warm and inviting dining area, enshrouded in island history, that perfectly complements the legacy architecture of the building and the nearby, Grand Hotel.

Uncompromised Accessibility

Finally, to ensure The Jockey Club is fully accessible to all visitors, the team incorporated ADA accessibility features into its environment. This included ramps and lifts to enable easy access to the clubhouse and the addition of two exterior-accessible restrooms that meet ADA requirements.

With its stunning new design elements and ADA upgrades, The Jockey Club’s revitalization has enhanced this iconic destination’s environment while preserving its original building’s historic charm, making it a must-visit experience for locals and tourists alike.