Grand Trunk Pub has made its home in a building with a rich and diverse history.The structure dates back to 1879 and was originally the Traub Bros. & Co. jewelry store. The Grand Trunk Railway began using the building as a ticket office in 1910. In fact, legend has it that Harry Houdini had a magic shop in the lower level of the building. The Metropole Hotel turned it into a bar in 1935 and it has remained a pub ever since. The Grand Trunk Pub is a Michigan historical landmark and a truly unique place. We have honored this by serving as many Michigan products as we can. We are here because we believe in Michigan. We thank you for joining us and look forward to your return.
The Traub Brothers Jewelry Building is a four-story wood-frame brick building, built in 1879. Presumably the first floor was used as retail while the upper floors were used as residential space. The building was purchased by Grand Trunk Railroad early in the 20th century, and in 1911 it was renovated to serve as their ticketing office. Grand Trunk removed the second floor and installed a vaulted ceiling reminiscent of period railroad stations. The renovation added a rounded arch on the second floor, filled with paned windows and surrounded by terra cotta detailing with the company's logo.. The finely detailed interior woodwork also includes company logos. Although the lower floors of the building were completely altered during this renovation, the upper two floors still retain the original window shapes.