The Corner Bistro: New restaurant/lounge opens in Bellaire

Linda Gallagher, Contributing Writer

Photo by Linda Gallagher

The current staff of Bellaire's newest dining establishment, The Corner Bistro: From left, owner Maggie Antcliff, servers Griffin Walters and Drew Antcliff, along with owner/chef Taylor Sutherland.


BELLAIRE – Both Maggie Antcliff and Taylor Sutherland have always wanted to open their own fine dining establishments.

So it was natural that the two often talked about their shared dreams while working at the Torch Lake Cafe, where Antcliff, a resident of the Kewadin area, was front of the house manager and Sutherland, a graduate of Central Lake High School, most recently held the position of executive chef.

By happenstance, Sutherland knew someone who was hoping to find an interested individual to open a restaurant in space she had available in Bellaire.

That someone was Trish Fox, owner of the former Moka building in downtown Bellaire, who was looking for a tenant to take over the back portion of the building formerly known as The Starlight Lounge after successfully enlisting Bellaire's Christine and Alan Balko in taking over the front part of the building last summer – which is now known as Market M88.

The three, along with Antcliff's husband Darryl, a silent partner, began working out the business details last fall, and on Feb. 28 Antcliff and Sutherland opened Bellaire's newest restaurant and lounge – The Corner Bistro.

Like the space the new dining establishment occupies, the Corner Bistro's offerings are small, presenting much more appeal to those with smaller appetites as those who enjoy variety in a meal.

But there's nothing small about the menu of the new eatery, the quality and taste of the food served, the libations offered, or the quality of service.

In fact, everything about Bellaire's newest cafe is top-drawer, starting with beverages – from the wine list featuring the finest in French, Italian and Spanish wines, as well as northern Michigan's best, to the wide variety of international, domestic and local beers and ciders – to an extensive offering of liquors from all over the world, including specialty local and regional vodkas, gins, whiskeys and bourbons, which are used to create unique appealing cocktails such as the "Bistro Spritzer."

Rather than select appetizers or entrees, those interested in the bistro's broad food "country French-style" selections for vegetarians as well as meat and seafood dishes, sandwiches, and flatbreads, along with daily featured soups and salads are encouraged to try several of the eateries offerings.

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