For Marquette locals, Coco’s restaurant on Lakeshore is a great place to grab a bite to eat after a beach day during the summer or a warm place to enjoy breakfast on a snowy Sunday morning. But now, you can enjoy Coco’s After Dark: a new place to enjoy your favorite beer or mixer and listen to local bands or DJs.
Great food + local beer + nightlife
Coco’s was not always what it is now. It’s taken quiet the journey from bakery to nightclub. In 1998 the owners, Jackie & Patrick Gonda opened a small bakery called Gophers on Third Street in the village of Marquette. As the bakery grew and expanded into a restaurant, the demand grew and grew until they decided it was time to open another restaurant.
Coco’s on Lakeshore Ave was then opened in honor of Patrick Gonda’s late father.
They specialize in a family friendly atmosphere with fresh and healthy ingredients. During the summer they have a patio open for open air dining for small groups or larger parties. Coco’s (partnered with Gopher’s) also caters for special events.
Previously closing at 8pm (Tuesday-Thursday) and 9pm (Friday-Saturday), now Coco’s is open till 2am Thursday-Saturday. The dining room gets transformed into a dancing space, complete with a stage, lights, and music. A second bar was put in with a DJ booth on top, ready for the DJ to spin your favorite tunes. Depending on the day, a live band may play or it may be the newest hip-hop remixes playing over the excellent sound system.
Another bonus is that some events are open to 18+ (meaning you do not have to be 21+ to be inside!). All the events are posted on the Coco’s Facebook page, and the ages and cover fees are always stated. Most times 21+ is free, but the younger crowd has to pay a small cover.
Want to bring the whole family?
Unfortunately the “after dark” events are not open to all ages, but that does not mean you cannot come before 8pm to enjoy a great meal! There are options for all ages and taste buds, and the wait staff is very helpful if you cannot make up your mind. The menu is online, in case you want a sneak peak before heading over for a bite.
My experience at Coco’s (before and after dark)
As a fan of Coco’s food, I was excited that they were starting a new adventure with late night entertainment. As a college student, I enjoy grabbing a bite to eat and enjoying a drink (or three) with friends before heading downtown.
This is the perfect place to do it- and if you are really enjoying yourself, you do not event have to leave!
My favorite menu item is the Cowboy Burger, which is beef burger topped with lots of onion rings, cheese, and barbeque sauce. With extra onion rings on the side of course. Any of the burgers are fresh, made to order for you, so you know you are getting the best of the best. They also have more original menu items such as the Chicken Alfredo Panini– yup, that’s chicken alfredo put inside a panini. I hear it is great, have yet to try it out for myself!
And when surrounded by great local beers, why not have one? They have beer from the Keweenaw, Petosky, and Marquette. Plus your favorite liquors for those Tequila Sunrises, Bloody Marys’, or Rum & Cokes.
Before I forget, did I mention that they have a delicious Sunday breakfast from 8am-3pm? So if you are recovering from the night before, swing by again for a yummy Farmer’s Omelet.
Bottom Line: Coco’s is not the same little lakeshore restaurant as always. Well, it is during the day. But at night it only gets better!
911 Lakeshore Blvd
Marquette, MI 49855