Local Eats: Grand Blanc’s Grafted Root Eatery features home cooking and a full bar

GRAND BLANC, MI — For the past six years, Michele Matthews has crafted her business to simulate the same atmosphere of her home: a cozy feel with mix-and-match chairs, hearty meals and an array of alcoholic beverages.

Grafted Root Eatery in Grand Blanc is known for its locally sourced ingredients and meals from scratch.

“It’s basically home cooking,” said Matthews. “I was a stay at home wife and mom before I opened up this. So everything is basically how I cooked at home and I was raised to cook everything from scratch, not pre-processed. I try to buy as much local as I can.”

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The breakfast and lunch eatery serves up its staple items like banana bread, cherry walnut French toast, bacon and Swiss cheese quiche, salads and soups. It also features a full bar with beer, wine and liquors from Michigan wineries and breweries.

Mathews says the restaurant mirrors the setting of her home.

“It’s coming into my home basically. My daughter basically accused me of redoing our home,” Matthews said with a chuckle. “She said, ‘This is exactly how our living room looks.’ So we have a seating area with a piano and a couch.”

The business owner was moved to open the business after her experience as a waitress. She found she loved serving and making fresh drinks. Matthews was also inspired by her grandfather who was a baker.

“People can stay for as long as they want,” Matthews said. “They’re not encouraged to turn over the table. It’s a place where people can come and stay, and they have. Sometimes they come in for breakfast and stay for lunch.”

The business offers outdoor and dine-in seating and take-out. Customers can visit the eatery from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.

Grafted Root Eatery is located at 12235 S. Saginaw St. Suite F in Grand Blanc. Phone 810- 603-7121 and see their Facebook page here.

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