Log Cabin to Fraser's Pub
Fraser's "transformed into a sports bar during the Bo Schembechler era," Conlin says. "Sometimes during a U of M football game, especially after a touchdown, it gets as loud in there as the stadium!"
Bill loves U-M, and Michigan football, which led to a couple of what Jan refers to as "Bo incidents," when some of Schembechler's team were at the pub drinking when they should have been at practice. "Dad didn't know they were underage! It never occurred to him to check! 'Are they down there?' [Bo would call and ask]. 'Nope.' [Bill would say]."
Jan left the bar when her daughter was born, almost thirty years ago, and now works at the U-M. Her sister Becky cuts hair at Unique Hair Studio on Jackson Rd. John and his brother Billy took over after their father and uncle retired. (Jimmy died in 2004; Bill now has dementia).
Billy sold his shares this past June, and is thinking about going into business down in Florida. John now owns Fraser's with former bartender and manager Ron Sartori. Ron was Billy's childhood friend, and Jan hired him way back when. While many employees were just passing through, Ron (like some customers) never left.