S cott Bowdish, owner and founder of Bowdie’s Chophouse, is a lifetime entrepreneur with a passion for food — especially steak. He ventured into the entrepreneur life at a young age, selling pagers out of the trunk of his car at flea markets. Overtime, this led to him owning a cellular store, which then led to two stores, then three and eventually over thirty stores across the Chicagoland area.

After successfully owning cellular stores for over 25 years, Scott craved a new direction in his life. Scott’s love for food lead him to dine at some of the most respected restaurants around the country and experiment with all kinds of dishes at home ranging from Indian cuisine to a carnivore’s dream. Since Scott and his wife, Lisa, lived downtown Chicago, they would sometimes dine out 5+ times a week and — when it was his turn to choose — they were eating at a steakhouse. This led to Scott’s discovery of his ultimate passion, which was steak.

After he sold his cellular stores in 2013, he and his wife decided to relocate to their summer vacation town, Saugatuck, MI, where they realized something was missing. In 2014, Bowdie’s Chophouse of Saugatuck opened its doors to locals and visitors from all over the Midwest. Today, Bowdie’s represents quality food paired with exceptional drinks served by best in class staff. This formula is the outcome of Scott’s passion for steak and his experience with Chicago style dining. Bowdie’s Chophouse now has three locations Saugatuck, Lansing, and Grand Rapids.

B owdie’s Chophouse is the type of high-class quality you’d expect to find in Lower Manhattan. The thing is, it’s in cozy Saugatuck. So, you’re surely in for a treat when you book a reservation. When you walk in, you’ll first notice the rustic elegance in the woodgrain and leather appointments. The more rustic elements are perfectly contrasted, and therefore complimented, by the elegant tableware and white linens. This should be your first signal that you’re in for incredible quality food. To start, you’ll want to try any one of their excellent appetizers. From escargot to ceviche to seared pork belly, there’s something to whet your appetite. Then, for those seeking something a little on the lighter side, a selection of soup and salads as well as lighter entrees like pan-seared trout or a roasted half chicken are available. But, for the true essence of Bowdie’s Chop House, you’ve got to experience the wonder that is their steak.

        — Alex Boley, Lakeshore Lodging Blog