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Spencer's Route 46

Contact: Greg Mallek


5530 Gratiot
Saginaw, Michigan 48603

Phone: 989.793.4500

Dating back to 1955, Tony Dambro (Dad) opened his first food establishment on the East side. Best known for his fish and chips, Dad started something he could never be out of for long.

Five years later, he opened the Amerwood Restaurant, a fine dining establishment on Genesee. There is where the creation of some our famous dishes began and are still being served today.

In the late 60s, we took over Johnnie Ryan's Chanteclair Restaurant on Bay Road. Tragically lost to a fire, Dad quickly re-built a new food establishment; Tony Dambro's Restaurant. There Dad catered to a family style atmosphere and can be remembered for his banquet hall by many. Soon after he opened the door to a lounge next door to the restaurant, The Windjammer Inn.

After selling the restaurant and building, Dad swore that he never open a food operation again and focused his time in construction where he built multiple commercial, State and Federal facilities in and out of Michigan. He enjoyed building and did so throughout the rest of his life but always felt something was missing without a restaurant.

The Brewery, an Italian Eatery, was next in line and served the family style Italian that we are best known for, for nearly five years. It was a fun place that many enjoyed and we quickly grew out of the space. As usual, this gave Dad the excuse to build something new. But this time his vision included a bowling facility, mini-mall and restaurant! We thought that he drive our mother to her death! But the Boss (Mom, of course) reluctantly agreed and the project was underway. The birth of Garden Lanes, Garden Mall and Mariano's Restaurant on Bay Road, was the result. We operated the bowling facility and restaurant, and the mall was sub-leased to many different independents. Several years later, the building was sold to a developer just as Dad had hoped for.

The tradition still continues. Spencer is the builder and the owner of the latest Dambro establishment, Spencer's Fine Food & Spirit. Here you will find some family recipes that are nearly fifty years old, along with some incredible new dishes. You will also enjoy live music in our lounge on Friday & Saturday evenings with special guest appearances throughout the week. Please come and enjoy our family tradition. We hope that you enjoy it as much as we do!