About Us


At J.W. Filmore's our goal is to provide good ole fashioned food and value combined with a comfortable atmosphere and an opportunity to share in good company. We serve breakfast, lunch and dinner daily from 6 a.m.-8 p.m. at our Petoskey, MI location.

Each evening of the week, we feature a favorite Filmore's recipe at a great value… Enjoy!
Call us today about our Daily Special Room available for large groups! (231) 348-7500

J.W. Filmore's established in 1987. Over 25 Years in the Neighborhood!

We purchase Michigan-made products whenever possible. Take-out and banquet facilities also available.

Picturesque Petoskey

Located on Little Traverse Bay, the picturesque town of Petoskey was known as Bear River when the first missionary arrived in 1855. The town was later renamed after the Ottawa Indian Chief Pe-to-se-ga. In 1879, Petoskey was officially granted a charter.

During the late 1800s, lumbering was a mainstay for Petoskey; its Lake Michigan access was key to developing logging in the community. Great Lakes freighters ferried lumber to ports around the Midwest. After the Great Fire, lumber from the region was instrumental in helping rebuild Chicago.

Passenger trains and steamships played a major role in the growth of Petoskey. Several major rail lines brought thousands of summer visitors from cities like Indianapolis, Cincinnati and Detroit to the area's fresh air and resort atmosphere from 1873 to 1960. The Little Traverse History Museum is house in the passenger depot for the Chicago and West Michigan line today. Steamships like the North American and South American, carried passengers from ports throughout the Great Lakes to Petoskey and Harbor Springs. From either Chicago or Milwaukee, cabin rates to Petoskey were $8.50 one way and $15 round trip. Once in the area, vistors got around via stagecoach, ferry, local rail lines, carriage, bicycle and on foot.

The staff of J.W. Filmore's humbly and warmly welcomes you to Petoskey and we hope that you enjoy your meal, as well as your time here in this fine town.