East Jordan Welcoming New Restaurant, Local Businesses React

"We wanted a vibrant Main St. and we thought maybe this would be a start to help get that going," Cannonball LLC partner Matt McLeod said.

After much anticipation, a local developer announced the newest addition coming East Jordan.

Cannonball LLC purchased space for a multi-use building last year.

Tuesday they announced a new smokehouse style restaurant will be coming to the corner of Main St. in East Jordan and more businesses could be on the way.

9 & 10’s Blayke Roznowski and photojournalist Erin Malone talked to the new business and others local businesses about the new development.  

"We started this whole project as just a way to give back to the community," McLeod said. "We wanted to find a partner that would really echo our same sentiment."

That sentiment is a love for Northern Michigan and bringing new life to East Jordan.

The owners of Pigs Eatin’ Ribs in Charlevoix are opening a new restaurant called Blue Smoke right on the corner of Main St.

"Blue Smoke is a grill house and southern kitchen," Blue Smoke owner Adam Kline said. "It’s cooked over live fire, so it’ll be cooked over a live wood burning grill. Everything is cooked from the heart, you know, utilizing as much local and fresh product as possible."

Cannonball LLC broke ground on the space last fall with hopes to open a two-story restaurant and two more businesses they’re still looking for.

"We have two retail spaces right on Main St., perfect for any opportunity," McLeod said. "A coffee shop, clothing, what have you, we’re open to all suggestions." 

Other East Jordan restaurants are greeting this news with open arms.

"East Jordan hasn’t seen a whole lot of development in the last decade," Tilted Skillet owner and chef Jessie Murray said. "I think it’s particularly exciting. I think we’re all ready for something, you know, fun and shiny and new."

They hope the buzz will bring more traffic to their businesses as well.

"We are definitely firm believers that high tides raise all ships," Murray said. "Any reason for people to come into town is going to further, you know, all the businesses in town." 

Blue Smoke is slated to open in the fall.