Zehnder’s in Frankenmuth Undergoing Multi-million-dollar Expansion

Zehnder’s in Frankenmuth plans to expand guest experiences in the restaurant, on the fairway, at an indoor waterpark, and more. Several multimillion-dollar projects are completed, and others are underway. An exact development cost was not provided.
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As part of a multi-million-dollar expansion, The Mill at Zehnder Park will be a four-suite luxury boutique hotel. // Photo courtesy of Zehnder’s

Zehnder’s in Frankenmuth plans to expand guest experiences in the restaurant, on the fairway, at an indoor waterpark, and more. Several multimillion-dollar projects are completed, and others are underway. An exact development cost was not provided.

The Bavarian-themed town of Frankenmuth, 90 miles north of Detroit, is one of the state’s top tourist destinations with more than 3 million visitors each year.

In addition to its 1,500-seat restaurant, Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth owns and operates Zehnder’s Splash Village Hotel and Waterpark, Zehnder’s retail marketplace, and the 18-hole championship golf course, The Fortress.

“We take great pride in refreshing and expanding our diverse businesses,” says Albert Zehnder, chairman and CEO of Zehnder’s. “An exciting addition to our lodging business will see the transformation of The Mill that is near our restaurant.

“Upon completion, The Mill at Zehnder Park will be a four-suite luxury boutique hotel. All suites will feature walk-out balconies, offering sweeping views of the Cass River.”

On the 2025 calendar is a proposed 13,000 square foot, year-round banquet facility to be located next to the current clubhouse. The new banquet space will offer a variety of opportunities to enjoy The Fortress golf course year-round.

Zehnder’s Splash Village Hotel and Waterpark is undergoing a complete remodeling of all 179 guestrooms and suites; included was the construction of the new Tower Suite.

Completed in January 2024, the Tower Suite is a 1,100-square-foot, two-bedroom, three-bath accommodation capable of sleeping up to 10 people. It has expansive views of the outdoor pool and waterpark, and offers a kitchenette, a dining area, a large living room, and three flat screen televisions.

Zehnder’s bakery on the lower level of the restaurant recently completed the installation of $300,000 worth of bread equipment. The updates will increase volume output and make processes more efficient across the board. Zehnder’s sells more than 400,000 loaves of bread annually.

Behind the scenes, Zehnder’s is making major changes in the restaurant kitchen. Plans are set to execute the largest kitchen expansion in the history of Zehnder’s restaurant.

The addition will add more than 2800 square feet in the basement space and the first-floor kitchen area to create a combined total of 5600 square feet of additional kitchen floor space.

For a complete summary of Zehnder’s future plans please click here.

Learn more about Zehnder’s at zehnders.com or call 800-863-7999 for central reservations for dinning, golf, meetings, and lodging.