Locally owned and operated, the Great Lakes Shipping Co. opened its doors to Kalamazoo in June of 1974. Offering the area's first taste of slow-roasted prime rib, choice aged steaks and a unique salad bar, Great Lakes was an immediate and welcome success. That tradition has continued with the addition of fresh seafood, chicken and pasta. We are open seven nights a week starting at 5:00pm. Tavern opens at 4:00pm M-F and features its own menu.