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Michigan’s Oldest Continuously Operating Restaurant Gets A $3 Million Makeover

The White Horse Inn is almost ready to reopen.

Brenna Houck is a Cities Manager for the Eater network. She previously edited Eater Detroit and reported for Eater. You can follow her on the internet at @brennahouck.

The 164-year-old White Horse Inn and Restaurant in Metamora, Michigan, is nearly ready to reopen thanks to two Oakland Country restaurant owners, The Detroit Free Press reports. Linda Egeland and Victor Dzenowagis purchased the building after the previous owners closed the inn in 2012 due, in part, to the high cost of repairs.

Sylvia Rector of the Free Press writes:

What began as one couple's effort to give back by restoring and renovating the 1850 building took an unexpected turn: It blossomed into a project adopted by craftsmen, architects, stonemasons, farmers, businesses and even an artist from France, all contributing their skills and resources for free or "way, way below" their usual rates, Egeland said.

The restaurant's interior now features historic touches like chandeliers made from antique hay hooks from a historic barn, a custom made floor, and characoal horse drawings created by French artist Jean Louis Sauvat.