Frankenmuth's Bavarian Inn Restaurant matriarch turning 96, send birthday wishes

Posted at 11:53 AM, Nov 27, 2017

The Bavarian Inn Restaurant is hoping you will send your warmest birthday wishes to a very special lady.

Dorothy Zehnder, the matriarch of the popular restaurant in Frankenmuth, will turn 96 on December 1. 

“We know first-hand how much our mother appreciates the connection with our guests,” said Bill Zehnder, president of the Bavarian Inn Restaurant. “She really sees our many guests as friends and I know she'll appreciate hearing from them on this special day.”

Send Dorothy your birthday greeting by sending an email to

The Bavarian Inn Restaurant has become a Michigan landmark and tourist destination.

The restaurant offers famous chicken dinners, fresh baked goods a wide selection of German beer.