Ki Cuyler's Sports Bar and Grill opened as a small-town pub in the mid 1970's and has been proudly serving our regular customers and vacationers to the Northern Michigan area ever since. As one of the area's only sports bar and grill, we offer an outstanding, distinguished menu with tastes and flavors to rival any! From our signature pizzas, truly all-American hamburgers, amazing drink specials, and our famous Friday fish fry, you will find the taste and ambiance of Northern Michigan right here.
Once the actual home of baseball legend and Hall of Famer, Hazen Shirley 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're sure to make anyone's visit a lasting memory. We pride ourselves on being the only historical, and area-themed restaurant, bar, and 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 probation 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 a "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.
Cuyler died, and was buried right here in Harrisville, Michigan in 1968. Five years later, his home, this very establishment, became a historical sports marker â€" and what a better way to commemorate one of the "100 best baseball players of all times" then to honor his legacy than with a sports bar and grill in his name.