New cocktail lounge sets up in Harbor Springs

The bar area is seen at the new One Thirty Eight Cocktail Lounge in Harbor Springs.

HARBOR SPRINGS — Through the years, a business space at the corner of Third and State streets in Harbor Springs has housed several food establishments offering breakfast and lunch fare.

With a new venture launching there this summer, Steve McDiarmid sees an opportunity for the site to welcome customers later in the day and evening.

As of last week, McDiarmid was anticipating a soft opening around the second weekend of July for his One Thirty Eight Cocktail Lounge at 138 W. Third St. Having gained about 25 years of food and beverage industry experience in the metro Detroit area, the Petoskey resident said he had been keeping an eye out for potential business opportunities and locations since moving to Northern Michigan about five years ago.

With One Thirty Eight, McDiarmid sees an opportunity to meld upscale touches with a neighborhood bar atmosphere which a wide range of customers may find inviting.

“It has a very classic vibe,” he said.

At One Thirty Eight, McDiarmid plans to offer an assortment of classic and modern cocktails, along with beer options — ranging from nostalgic domestic brands to craft labels — and wines. Along with these, One Thirty Eight will serve a food menu focused on small bites and shareables, including examples such as bleu cheese-stuffed olives and chicken-and-waffle sliders.