C.A.Y.A. SMOKEHOUSE GRILL is a casual smokehouse bistro that was originally designed and opened by Executive Chef Jeff Rose and his business partners Richard and Rachel Mandell in July 2013. The restaurant was sold in December 2019 to a new ownership team. Damian Knight has taken over as General Manager and he will oversee the day-to-day operations. He co-owns the restaurant with his wife Dianna Knight, sister Jami Blanchard and her husband Brandon Blanchard. They have all a strong passion for the restaurant industry and are excited to continue to grow C.A.Y.A. Smokehouse Grill.
Located in the former Nifty Normans building, C.A.Y.A. Smokehouse Grill’s one-of-a-kind atmosphere is like no other. Its rustic industrial look comes from the blend of modern metals and old style wood. Rusted copper, barn wood, and iron are some main design components. All of the barn wood used at the restaurant is from the 1916 Fred Irwin Farm, located in northern Michigan. Each board was hand cut and matched by size and color. Exposed cement-brick walls, an exposed ceiling, a black onyx bar, and industrial lighting add to the restaurant’s unique ambiance. C.A.Y.A. SMOKEHOUSE GRILL’S signature dining room seats 100 guests and its outdoor covered patio offers seating for an additional 60 guests and/or private parties.
C.A.Y.A. SMOKEHOUSE GRILL’s philosophy is to use as much farm to table as possible in Michigan. All of its produce is locally grown and its meats, duck, chicken, beef, pork, and ice cream are all from farms within 100 miles, most of it closer. They work closely with local farmers to ensure quality fresh ingredients in all its dishes. The bistro’s all natural products are not treated, chemically washed, or rinsed.