Hirsch was champion for Cedar River

This week’s bouquets go to:

From the Cedar River Bridge Walk Committee:

The Cedar River Bridge Walk Committee dedicates this year’s BridgeWalk to Mike Hirsch. Mike passed away Aug. 3, ending his long battle with cancer.

Part of Mike’s bucket list, he opened up Hirsch’s Cedar River Pub just over a year ago after the pub had been closed for three years.

Cedar River is one of those “don’t blink” towns that really felt the jolt when the previous owner, Jim Nelson, shut the Pub down. It was like a jubilee when Mike reopened the Pub for business. It really gave this little U.P. town a well needed “shot-in-the-arm.” It is not alarming business has been good. The good food also helped.

However, not only was it the excitement of having the pub open again that makes the Pub successful, Mike, with his decorative talents and using paraphernalia from three generations of Hirsch business, has truly created a character and feel of the warmth, smile and kindness reflected of Mike’s personality. An ambiance that grows on you. As long as nothing changes to the inside of Hirsch’s Cedar River Pub, Mike’s presence will be felt.

Cedar River gained much when Mike came to town, and it has lost a man that was out to make Cedar River a better place. He had many ideas to help the community, but he was robbed of energy and time before he could implement them. Mike did leave a gem behind that carries his name, and the current owners, Mike’s close friends/business partners, Mary and Dave Olsen, are adamant on finding the right people to carry-on his legacy.

Come to the Cedar River Bridge Walk event on Saturday, Sept. 1, at Hirsch’s Cedar River Pub to show respect to this talented man. Also, see who Mike picked for this year’s Cedar River Queen. The event will start in the pavilion behind the Pub at 11 a.m.


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