HANCOCK - With 12 restaurants, four pizza parlors, four pasty shops, two coffee shops, and two bakeries, dining opportunities are endless in downtown Hancock.
And that's the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what's available downtown.
With the help of the Marketing Department team, Hancock's Downtown Development Authority has invested in a summer promotional program, "Downtown Hancock It's all here!" that highlights the city's vast offerings while providing generous discounts and coupons redeemable at participating businesses. The coupons can be clipped from The Daily Mining Gazette every Saturday, Monday and Tuesday; printed from the campaign's website downtownhancock.com, or will be available at each participating business.
"Our main objective with this advertising campaign is to communicate the product and service offerings in downtown Hancock," said Karyn Olsson, of the Marketing Department. "When you take a close look at what Hancock has to offer, from hardware stores and antique shops to carwashes and boat dealers, it's pretty amazing."
The downtown cuisine scene is anything but ordinary and the overall menu is limitless, especially when it comes to pizza.
Traditional sausage and pepperoni to specialty pizzas, like basil pesto, tuscan and margarita, are just a few of the pizza pies diners can eat in or get to go.
Longstanding Italian restaurants dot the city, serving up favorites like homemade ravioli's, smoked salmon linguini and fresh garden salads with house dressings.
Gemignani's Italian Restaurant is famous for its chicken parmesan, homemade sauces and Italian sausage - not to mention its extensive wine list.
For dessert? Try their Tiramisu or newly added Italian ice cream.
Take a stroll downtown and try Nutini's potato feta pizza or their Sushi night Saturday. Karaoke Wednesday nights is always a hit at Nutini's lounge.
For the sports enthusiast, downtown sports bars keep a solid menu of pub favorites from pickled eggs and buffalo wings to cajun chicken sliders.
"We've got this one burger called the Intimidator," Bleachers owner Fred Raffaeli said. "It's two, two-and-a-half pound stacked burgers topped with everyone's favorite goodies."
Outfitted with 14 TVs, the Bleachers Sports Bar is the next best thing to a stadium.
Between two coffee shops and the Kaleva, there's plenty of options for starting the day off right with breakfast.
Fresh, out-of-the-oven bakery, homemade omelets and plate-sized pancakes to something on the lighter side like bagels, scones and yogurt parfaits are some of the tasty morning menu options downtown.
Dining along the waterfront offers a scenic backdrop for picnics at Porvoo Park. Grab a pasty or a sub sandwich and head to the waterfront for a view of the Portage Lake Lift Bridge and shipping canal.
Or try something from the menu at the Copper Island Beach Club, located next to the park. From Fresh Alaskan Salmon, homemade jumbalia and house salsa to items fresh off the outdoor barbecue grill, there's something for everyone. Outdoor seating is available.
The list of businesses participating include: 5TH & Elm, Bleachers, Nutini's, Gino's, Gemignani's, Kaleva, Kangas Caf, Studio Pizza, Copper Island Beach Club and Cousins Subs.
Editor's note: This feature is part of a paid advertising package purchased by the Hancock Downtown Development Authority. Businesses interested in being featured on the Business page may call Yvonne Robillard at 483-2220.