Our Story

Long before we ever become a restaurant, Ki Cuyler's Bar & Grill was once the actual home of baseball legend and Hall of Fame baseball player, Hazen Shirley Cuyler (aka Ki Cuyler). We offer a truly unique atmosphere set apart from any other, combining small town charm, great food, top-notch service and a little national sports history. We pride ourselves on being the only historical themed Restaurant, Bar & Grill in the Northern Michigan area.

Hazen Shirley "Kiki" Cuyler was born on 30 August, 1898 in Harrisville, Michigan. He lived here, at our same establishment (though not a bar due to prohibitioin of the 1920's and 30's) for the first 18 years of his life. The name, Ki Cuyler evolved from when Cuyler first joined the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1921. Cuyler suffered from a severe stutter all his life, and consequently had difficulty in pronouncing his own last name. His teammates would refer to him as "Kiki Cuyler," after his own pronunciation, and thus the name stuck.

Playing for the Pirates, Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati Reds and Brooklyn Dodgers over the next decade and a half, Cuyler established a reputation as an outstanding hitter with great speed. He regularly batted .350 or higher and finished with a .321 lifetime batting average. In 1925 Cuyler combined this great hitting with 18 home runs and 102 RBI. Cuyler's Pirates won the World Series that year, the only time in his career he would be part of a championship team.