Small and locally owned businesses are rare and often hard to find, but in the heart of Okemos stands Dusty’s Cellar: a wine bar, tap room, bakery, and cellar all in one.
For over 37 years Dusty Cellar has been providing delicious baked goods, fine wine, and fresh hand carved meat for the Meridian and Okemos area.
“In 1980 my dad, Dusty, founded this establishment which started off as a bakery in Meridian Mall and then in 1981 we moved from the all into this current location and we’ve been here since”. said Matt Rhodes, the current owner.
The establishment started off with a bakery, specialty food, gourmet wine and cookware, which eventually got phased out and got turned into the first restaurant and 12 years later a second restaurant was added to the same location.
With over 90 employees and business ranging from 300-400 people a day on average, things can get kind of hectic but that doesn’t disrupt the tight knitted family that the employees have developed.
“I’ve been working here for 12 years and the unity, ‘familines’, support, and overall environment is my favorite thing about working here, it’s awesome,” said pastry chef Shelia Burtley, “If you want a great job come work here, if you want better pay, stay where you’re at” she added laughing.
Dusty’s Wine Bar has a Sunday Brunch, Lunch, and Dinner menu with a variety of dishes to try and a less expensive alternative on the Tap Room menu which gives customers an array of choices. The bakery, which is the first thing you see when you enter, has a menu that is full of different types of pastries including cakes, tortes, brownies, cookies, and pies.
“I like the cookies, any of them and they also have really good dark chocolate brownies with fresh frosting.” Said Chris Eddy a frequent customer.
Dusty’s Cellar opens bright and early at 7 a.m to 9 p.m Monday through Friday and altered times on the weekends.
“Every day is different and you never know what’s gonna’ come at you, we have very loyal clientele, good food, and great employees”. Said Rhodes
Visit dustyscellar.com for more information on times and the location of this establishment.