Michigan’s Best Local Eats: Village Inn Serves Homemade Brunch Classics in Fruitport

FRUITPORT TOWNSHIP, MI — From All American classic breakfast options to fried steak and pot pies, Village Inn is a favorite brunch spot.

Owners Connie and Steve Mckellips opened Village Inn in the winter of 2021, a year after the business became vacant by previous owners.

The husband-wife duo took over the well-known 35-year-old business and renovated the restaurant and menu in their style. They also kept some of the favorites on the menu at the Village Inn, 340 N. 3rd Ave. in Fruit Port.

Connie Mckellips told MLive/Muskegon Chronicle that while they reopened the business in the heat of the COVID-19 pandemic, it was a goal she had been working towards while staying in the medical field.

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“I’ve always wanted to own a restaurant, but it never happened,” says Mckellips. “I had been working in the medical field for about 10 years, and it was just too much, so I decided I would change what I was doing.”

Soon, the Mckellips family’s goal got off the ground. The business attracted huge interest from residents looking for a quick bite in the morning and afternoon.

One of the favorites on the breakfast menu are the stuffed hash browns.

The dish is filled with mushrooms, onions, green peppers, sour cream and cheddar cheese with a choice of sausage, bacon or ham. It can be ordered as a full dish for $11 or a half for $9.

Looking for a lunch selection? Village Inn’s Lund Burger is another favorite from the menu at $13.

The burger consists of half a pound of hamburger with a fried egg, smoked Gouda cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion and pickle. In addition, customers can get an order of homemade chips or chips for an additional $2.

As for Mckellips, a favorite on the menu, she said she always goes for the chicken club sandwich for $11. The sandwich consists of a whole grilled chicken breast with bacon, avocado, lettuce, tomato, onion, and feta cheese.

In addition to the many breakfast and lunch options, customers can also order fresh bass, salad and homemade pastries.

“It’s a hometown place,” Mckellips said. “Everyone knows everyone and it is always nice and cozy. It’s a nice place to be, relaxing and comfortable for people.”

Village Inn’s hours of operation are Monday through Sunday, 6:00 AM to 2:00 PM. For more information about the Village Inn, visit the Facebook page. The restaurant’s phone number is (231) 366-6056.

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