Our Phoenix Award honorees have transformed a space or existing building in Michigan City to reinvigorate not only the spot, but also the business itself. The “rising-from-the-ashes” reinventive processes have cultivated a more impactful revival as well as additional offerings and services to boost our entrepreneurial community. Congrats to this year’s 3 special spots!

Burn ‘Em Brewing 

The crew of friends took on the remodel of 1215 East 2nd Street and brought the former warehouse building back to life with more room for their brewery, restaurant, taproom and event center. Steve Murray, Blake Murray, Howie Wiesjahn, Matt Zakrzewski and Daniel Moser originally brought the brewery to Freyer Road in 2014 with an eclectic vibe that is now at a new level with the team’s expanded location. Closer to the action, the refreshed space serves up live music, special events, unique food and Burn ‘Em’s own brews.

Lakefront Salon & Spa 

The spa and salon on Franklin Street has been serving clients for more than 25 years. Diana Smith and her team of stylists moved into their new location at 912 Franklin Street in March of 2023. The salon provides a mix of services, including color, cut, style, texturizing, massages, nails and more.

The Ritz Klub Tavern

The Ritz Klub Tavern has extensive roots in the city as “the oldest tavern in town”. It was established in 1890 by Sylvester Komasinski and changed hands in the Komasinski family over the years. Today, the restaurant and bar is under new ownership by longtime customer Benjamin Roule. He has helped add a freshness to the look, but maintains the sense of community, history and good food and drinks that has existed since the beginning.

Business Investment Awards are in recognition of companies that have continued to invest in Michigan City and beyond and provide valuable contributions to our economic development. The honorees are from the 2022-24 time period.

  • Mid-City Supply Co., Inc.
  • HealthLinc
  • Bay Logistics
  • Dunkin Donuts
  • MidwesThrift
  • Blue Chip Casino Hotel Spa
  • Michigan City KIA
  • F.H. Paschen
  • Barker Mansion
  • Lakeshore Café’
  • NWI Development Group