By Linda Hoard
The Hide-A-Way, 111 E. Prairie, is an aptly named local tavern that was first established in Vicksburg in the 50’s, truly a hidden gem in Kalamazoo County. The lite “Beer” sign over the door announces its existence, but if you’re not paying attention, you just might miss it. Locals love it, and out-of-towners rave about how they would drive to Vicksburg just to go to the Hide-A-Way for burgers.
The tavern is owned by Scott Plankenhorn who purchased it from his father in 1999. He remodeled the space in 2002, stripping the barn wood walls down to the natural brick, paneling with tongue and groove wood and installing a new kitchen.
In 2010 the restaurant, along with all Michigan restaurants, became non-smoking, bringing in a new clientele by way of families; and business increased 40 percent.
The full bar features Michigan beer on draft, such as Latitude, Bell’s and Gonzo’s Big Dog Brewery.
Aside from the famous burgers, some of the biggest sellers are the reuben sandwiches and perch baskets. In fact, the reuben is reported to be the best reuben in Southwest Michigan, if not the world.
Scott, a Vicksburg native, is active in the village. He has sponsored many Little League and Rocket football teams, and many of those kids and their families stop by the Hide-A-Way after games.
Scott gives a lot of credit to his staff at the Hide-A-Way. They take care of the place and run it like it’s their own, he said. The friendly camaraderie makes it a good place to eat and a happy place to hang out.
The Hide-A-Way’s phone number is 269-649-3134. Regular hours are Monday through Wednesday from 11 a.m. to midnight; Thursday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.; and Sunday from noon to 10 p.m.