We first reported on a new dining experience coming to Birch Run, Michigan in early November.

Now, 136 Center has started the opening process.

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It's perfectly, and centrally, situated for anyone in Mid-Michigan from Flint, Saginaw, Bay City, Midland and Frankenmuth.

Elevated dining and events at 136 Center Birch Run.

Many will remember the property as the Exit Restaurant.

Credit: Google Street View
The Exit Restaurant around 2012 Credit: Google Street View

They've completed renovated the interior to include 136 Grill and 136 Prime. Each is focused on steak and seafood.

You wouldn't recognize anything about the inside or outside of the building today.

Credit: 136 Center Facebook
Credit: 136 Center Facebook

If you wonder what the "136" portion of the name is based upon... think about the I-75 exit number for Birch Run/Frankenmuth, 136.

Perhaps a nod to the late "Exit Restaurant?"

Credit: 136 Center Facebook
Credit: 136 Center Facebook

Over Thanksgiving weekend, they held a soft opening with a limited menu.

The food and drinks looked very tempting.

When will 136 Center officially open in Birch Run?

We spoke with an employee to find out when the official grand opening will be held.

  • Mark your calendars for December 1, 2023.
  • 11am-11pm Sunday-Thursday
  • 11am-1am Friday and Saturday.

The menu will be limited to start.

New restaurant and event space in Birch Run.

It looks like their business model will not solely rely on destination shoppers, residents and travelers.

The space will accommodate weddings, parties and other large events, too.

Where is the new steak and seafood restaurant in Birch Run located?

Just off I-75 at 9143 Birch Run Road.

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Think the opposite direction of the mall.

Credit: Google Street View, Canva
Credit: Google Street View, Canva

Now we've all got a new spot to try for dinner, parties and even live music.

Welcome to the neighborhood 136 Center.

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