2005-05-20 / News

British Landing Restaurant Has New Owners

By Jessica Delaney

From left, Collin, Jack, Hailey, Terrie, and Jordan Armstrong stand outside Cannonball, which they will open Memorial Day weekend. 
From left, Collin, Jack, Hailey, Terrie, and Jordan Armstrong stand outside Cannonball, which they will open Memorial Day weekend.

With colorful sunsets, a beautiful beach, and historical significance, British Landing already is a point of interest for tourists and Islanders alike. Now with the reopening of the Cannonball, there will be a little more to enjoy.

Owners Jack and Terrie Armstrong will be opening the restaurant this year, taking over for Bill and Cass Early. Along with new ownership comes new development and change, and the Armstrongs are excited about the summer prospects.

Traditionally, Cannonball has served primarily hot dogs and fries. The Armstrongs will continue this tradition, but will also be adding three or four wrap sandwiches and three or four upscale salads, plus several new services for tourists.

“We’ve noticed in the past there are a number of tourists who want information, will ask questions, and need directions, so we’ll offer that as well,” said Mrs. Armstrong.

Mr. Armstrong added that there will also be minor bike repair available, and air pumps to fill up flat tires.

For the most part, the Armstrongs will be keeping the restaurant the same as past years. As Mackinac Island residents who have frequented Cannonball themselves, they have some idea of how it was run in the past.

“We want to keep it the way it is,” said Mr. Armstrong. “We’re not looking for any major development.”

Hours of operation will be from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., although the hours are flexible and may change with the amount of business. As the summer progresses and more visitors bicycle around the island, the hours may be expanded. Either way, customers don’t have to fear missing out on the food.

“We’re not going to close if there are people waiting to eat at 7,” said Mrs. Armstrong.

The Armstrongs plan on a small staff, probably just six summer employees to help run the establishment. The staff will be drawn from returning employees, Island students, and the Armstrong’s own children.

With the expanded menu and new amenities, the Armstrongs are hoping that Cannonball will become a fun place for Islanders to meet, as well as tourists.

“Since it will be more than just hots dogs, there might be people who will ride out just to have a chicken Caesar salad and to watch the waves on the beach,” said Mr. Armstrong.

Cannonball will officially open over Memorial Day weekend.

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