TOAST TO PROST! Prost! Wine Bar & Charcuterie recently opened at 576-1/2 South Main Street. Above, co-owners Zak and Korina McClellan “prost” to their new firm. Please see the story at the right. (News photo)
Prost! opens on Main Street
Frankenmuth native Zak McClellan is moving from the hockey arena into the business arena with the anticipated opening of a new venture in downtown Frankenmuth.
Zak and his wife, Korina, plan to open Prost Wine Bar & Charcuterie in mid-August.
The 1,500-square establishment will be located at 576 South Main Street, utilizing the north end of Abby’s of Frankenmuth. The space formerly housed Mac’s Fudge.
Three years removed from captaining the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees of the CHL, McClellan is excited to be joining the Frankenmuth business community.
“We have had a dream to create an upscale bar that would focus on bringing fine wines to Frankenmuth but still be inviting to folks who want to relax with a cold beer and watch the Wings,” McClellan, 31, said.
The unique name of Frankenmuth’s newest watering hole captures the spirit and feel that the husband-wife team hope to create in their new venture.
“The Prost part of the name is a shout out to our German heritage here in Frankenmuth while the Charcuterie simply means that we will be offering some of the best meat and cheeses in Michigan,” McClellan explained.
In addition to fine bottled wines from all over the country, Prost will be only the second establishment in the state to offer wine on tap. The other location is in Birmingham.
“These special taps provide the freshest wine while being environmentally friendly,” McClellan pointed out.
Along with a full bar menu, Prost will offer meat and cheese platters to compliment any drink along with European flat breads and made-to-order Panini sandwiches.
Inside the door of the South Main Street location, patrons will find indoor seating for up to 45 persons, with additional seating for 25 persons on an outdoor deck between Prost and the Frankenmuth Woolen Mill. The kitchen will be in the middle, with restrooms located in the back of the building.
“The outdoor seating will be nestled between Prost and the Woolen Mill where it will feature the area’s only fire table,” McClellan said. “The middle of this unique, long, high-top table will feature small, dancing flames to keep people surrounding it toasty warm as they enjoy the sights and sounds of Main Street.”
The Main Street front will feature a glass garage door that can be put up on good weather days. There will also be a rear entrance, where the parking lot is located.
The interior motif will be rustic, sheik and eclectic, featuring some barn lumber. Zak has been working on this concept for over two years.
The McClellans recognize that town has many great places to dine and drink and they hope to add another option.
“I think Frankenmuth has some of the best bars and restaurants in the state and Korina and I hope that we can join that list for locals and visitors alike,” McClellan added.
The McClellan family is well immersed in Frankenmuth and has been for many years. Zak’s parents, Carol and Gary, have several businesses along with his sister, Abby Curtis.
The McClellans are hoping to open as early as July 4, or the latest, mid-July. They will be open seven days a week and anticipate hiring 4-6 employees in the future.
“I would love to be able to pop the first cork and shout out a big Prost to Frankenmuth before the Fourth of July,” McClellan said.
The business will be “kid friendly,” using projection TV service and the couple is working on signature dishes for the menu.
Zak is doing a lot of the work, with Frankenmuth’s Klair Bierlein as a construction consultant. Corey Haubenstricker created the architectural drawings.
The Prost Wine Bar & Charcuterie is on Facebook, Twitter and Instragram@prostwinebar.