Located at the front gate of Terre Du Lac, a little building of French design has been a reminder of relaxation and freedom from the outside world for over 50 years. The building has been a welcome site to snow birds, weekenders, boat pullers and property owners for so long it has almost become legend. The property has welcomed home members of the community for generations along with those who still pull through the gate to enjoy the resort it lovingly holds guard over.
100 Rue Terre Bonne celebrated it's grand opening on Labor Day weekend in 1971 with then owners Gary & Nancy Lyons and Mary & Joe James. During the special event, the entire community was invited to name the new business and in September of that year, La Potpourri celebrated with a ribbon cutting. Through the coming years, the building changed hands and purpose as new owners utilized the space for a package store, a real estate office and much more. In 2012, forty-one years to the date of the original grand opening, the building was purchased by current owners Michael Marler and David Crook and "The Market at Terre Du Lac" was born.
The grand opening of "The Market at Terre Du Lac" was held on September 1, 2012 and the people of Terre Du Lac not only showed up, they flocked to the door! Visitors arrived offering compliments, suggestions, congratulations and praise for the new owners who cared so much for the historic little French building which had been an integral part of the community for so long. The residents immediately began visiting "The Market" for delicious meals, convenient shopping, fresh produce and lively conversation.
The Market became a family business by accident. Chris Marler, Michael's brother, was asked to join the restaurant after the tremendous response of the patrons. Chris had no real experience in food service but he had a passion for great food. He is the talent behind some of our most popular dishes like the fried chicken, pork steaks and meatloaf, among others. Mom joined not long after and instantly became the "Queen of Pies"! Chris' daughter Emily began working with the rest of the family at a young age by washing dishes, bussing tables and serving customers. Little sister Suzy came along later and joined in, truly making The Market, a family affair.
Today, The Market is alive and well and welcoming residents and guests, just as it has done for over 50 years. It's been called a great many things over the years, but the most important is the name it sought from it's inception, "The People's Place"; A place that you can walk into and see someone you haven't seen in forever; A place that exudes familiarity, warmth, charm and graciousness; A place you can shop for fresh produce, delicious bakery items, bubbly soda pop, creamy ice cream and tasty snacks; A place where you can always pop in for a fantastic breakfast, lunch or dinner; More than anything, a place where everyone is welcomed with a smile and a "where've you been, we've missed you!".
The Market at Terre Du Lac is located at 100 Rue Terre Bonne. We serve delicious food all day and into the evening and our staff will make you feel like you are right at home.