The White Star

Henry Miszkiewicz is pictured here with his wife, Trudy Ann, during a recent visit to the Coachlight in Marquette. Before it was the Coachlight of today, Henry’s parents owned it as The White Star. (Photo by Jackie Stark)

By Amy Gawry

Downtown Marquette’s Coachlight Restaurant has been operating under its current name and management for four decades, and is a favorite of many locals. Seeing it as the Coachlight for so long, it may be hard to imagine it as anything else, but the building has housed a number of businesses in its lifetime, including a diner called The White Star.

The diner was a family business run by Louis Miszkiewicz and his wife Jean. Being a family business, the children were often pulled in to the work, including Jean’s youngest son, Henry Miszkiewicz, who recently visited the Coachlight with his wife Trudy Ann during a brief stay in Marquette.

Henry worked in just about every position in the business, which opened in 1956.

“Once a week, somebody would call in, saying ‘I can’t find a babysitter’, or ‘I’m sick’, and on and on, so I used to be the busboy, dishwasher, waiter, delivery man, you name it,” Henry said…

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