About Brennan's Fish House

Our History

Tim Freeman Brennan

Est. 1865

Re-established 2006

My parents, Sharon and Steve Hill, purchased Brennan's Fish House in 2006. My father Steve had a thriving carpentry business so, my parents decided that mom would handle the day to day operations while dad kept this great old building in proper repair. In 2016 however, God had other plans for our family. That December we lost dad. It was sudden, unexpected, and heart wrenching for my mom, myself, and my 3 siblings. My brothers Tom & Mitch worked with myself and my mom in the restaurant while my sister Tessa was away at college. It was difficult and often emotional at times, but we were (and are) surrounded by wonderful friends, family, and our incredible customers. The love shown to our family has been nothing short of amazing, and we all thank you for seeing us through.
I started at Brennan's in 2011 as a dishwasher. Fast forward 10 years, I purchased the restaurant from my mom in 2021 who has since been enjoying her retirement in sunny Florida. Through her incredible guidance, over a decade of mastering the ropes in all areas of the restaurant, and learning how to power through tough times— particularly 2016 and 2020, I am proud to step inside of Brennan's Fish House each and every day to continue the legacy of my family. I look forward to seeing (and serving) all of you. 
Be well, eat well, hug your family.
— Tim Freeman

"We are all surrounded by wonderful friends, family & great customers."

- Tim Freeman, Owner

The Foundation of

Brennan's Fish House

The building that houses Brennan's Fish House was built in 1865 at the end of the Civil War; it was built as a hotel called the Richmond Inn. It never really took off as a hotel so the owners put in pool tables and started selling beer & fish to the local fishermen.



George & Martha Evans ran a diner here called Evan’s Lunch from 1927-1966. They raised their 10 children upstairs in the hotel rooms.

In 1966 Harry & Helen Jones bought the building & Harry ran it as a bar called “Harry’s” until 1973. Harry & Helen also lived in the rooms upstairs.




Tim & Betty Brennan took ownership in 1973 & ran it as Brennan’s Fish House. The Brennan’s expanded the original structure to add more dining space & turned it into the well known & loved restaurant it is today.

Sharon & Steve Hill purchased Brennan’s in 2006.


Interesting Facts

About The Area

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This building has never been closed! It has housed families and customers for over 150 years. The artifacts on the walls were given to the Brennan’s or me by people in our community. People want their precious possessions here for all to enjoy. I take this gift very seriously, sometimes I feel like a caretaker of a museum! The shelves we use to hold our liquor bottles, at the bar, were built in the very early 1900s. We have a picture hanging in the restaurant of George Evans, in front of that bar, from when the Evan’s owned the building. The parking lot is made up of 10 parcels…this is where the fishermen & their families lived in little houses.

This was a very rough area early in its history; there were many bars down here along the river. There is a picture of “Pearl” on our walls. Pearl was a local saloon keeper, one tough lady! She kept a small knife in the belt around her dress and if you were acting up she would throw you out.. She also was an opera singer and married about 5 times, so I am sure quite a character.
The building across the street from us, once was a fish processing plant. The fishermen would bring their catch up to the plant, the fish would be processed, loaded into wooden boxes (built by the local boys) packed with ice and put on trains to go to market.

The railroad tracks that run next to our building have been repaired and are now being used by a company called the Grand River Railway Co. They haul salt from Morton Salt right passed Brennan’s to be shipped off to other areas of the country. It is very exciting to be sitting here and have this beautiful locomotive pass right by you.

Brennan's in the News

Recent Press




The Fishing Lure

Hanging at the end of the bar is a “fishing lure.” When Tim Brennan owned this restaurant, there were some practical...


Hanging around the ceiling of Brennan’s Fish House are the Burgees. Burgees are little flags that Yacht Clubs design with...