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Alpena: Home to Guinness World Record Breaker

Posted on June 11th, 2015

Alpena: Sanctuary of the Great Lakes has produced many local legends, and 96 year old Clarise Kramer Cadarette Grzenkowicz is a special one. Clarise has been bartending at Maplewood Tavern (French Road) for 75 years! The tavern opened in 1924 and has been passed down through three generations. It originally opened as a jiving dance hall, but started serving drinks once prohibition ended. Clarise married into the family and began working at the tavern in 1940 at the age of 21. She has faithfully worked there ever since, and in 2011 she was honored by the Guinness Book of World Records as having the longest bartending career.Maplewood Tavern remains a popular place for locals to enjoy a drink, listen to live music and cut a mean rug – all while being waited on by a world famous bartender! (Maplewood Tavern is open Mon-Thurs from 3 pm-10 pm, Fri-Sat from 3 pm-12 am, and the last Sunday of the month at 3 pm. Located at 7930 French Road, Alpena, MI)maplewood

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