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The Ambassador

126 Shelden Ave, Houghton, Michigan 49931 USA

Open Now
Sun 4:30p-10:30p
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“original charm and tradition”

On January 1, 1965, the Ambassador Restaurant opened under new ownership. The new owners, the Rossi family, had transformed the space from a tap bar into a restaurant that specialized in pizza and sandwiches. In 1978, the Ambassador was expanded into the space next door, and the second dining room was added. In January 2007, the Ambassador became a non-smoking establishment. To explain the history of the Ambassador and the unique murals that line the interior walls, the owners conducted research and wrote a poem detailing the story. The poem, entitled "Come Fill a Bumper," has since been printed on the cover of the Ambassador menu. The first line of the poem mentions "Mr. Rohrbeck," who was “given a job to do.” Rohrbeck, the mural artist, was commissioned by Joseph Bosch (born in Baden, Germany in 1850) to paint the murals specifically for the Bosch brewery (closed in 1978). The murals were later placed in the "old Giltedge Bar." Featuring gnomes in various states of celebration, the murals are oil on canvas, with several coats of varnish on top for preservation. The date that the paintings were sold to the Ambassador and transferred from the Bosch Brewery is unclear, but the transaction likely took place in the late 40s or early 50s during a remodeling project. The Ambassador retains the original charm and tradition of its original inception; in addition to the murals, which have remained in place for over 50 years, the original pizza recipe is still used to create the Ambassador pizzas.

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MamaLeoni76

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July 22, 2014
Rated 3.0

Thin crust pizza

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The Ambassador

126 Shelden Ave
Houghton, Michigan
49931 USA

Hours

Open now until 10:30 pm
  • Mon - Thu: 11:00 am - 10:30 pm
  • Fri, Sat: 11:00 am - 12:00 am
  • Sun: 4:30 pm - 10:30 pm

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