Gilly’s Bistro opens in Bay City’s Johnson Street business district

BAY CITY, MI – Gilly’s Bistro is now open serving customers in Bay City’s Johnson Street business district.

Guillermo and Diana Gonzalez of Saginaw Township are the owners of Gilly’s Bistro, 1023 N. Johnson St., formerly 3rd and Johnson Market & Eatery. Their restaurant and market, which opened in September, offers a lunch and dinner menu, groceries and grab-and-go appetizers like mushroom ravioli and beef pot pie.

The couple were looking for a new opportunity and were researching commercial properties for sale when they came across 3rd and Johnson Market & Eatery.

“My wife and I have always enjoyed the atmosphere out here in Bay City,” said Guillermo Gonzalez. “We had looked at several companies and this one just kept attracting us. We fell in love with her the moment we walked in here.”

Gilly’s Bistro is her first restaurant.

“We have never owned a business, but I am a second generation business owner. When I was growing up, my dad owned a party shop in Saginaw, Chico’s party shop on Elm and Division,” said Guillermo Gonzalez. “From my freshman year to my senior year, I worked every day.”

Customers of 3rd and Johnson Market & Eatery will find some familiar favorites at the newly rebranded Gilly’s Bistro, like chicken salad, as well as new options including Mexican cuisine. On a recent weekday, Gilly’s served things like tortilla soup, pork tacos and rice, a black bean and sweet potato burger, grilled sourdough cheese, and a roast beef wrap.

Guillermo Gonzalez said they’re “sticking with the soups, the sandwiches and the healthy options,” but customers can expect to see new offerings all the time.

“I just like trying different things,” he says. “That’s the great thing about my love for cooking.”

The Gonzalezes expressed their appreciation for their customers and the community they have found in Bay City.

“We appreciate the support we’re already getting,” said Guillermo Gonzalez. “We love the community, the road we are on. Everyone has been great to us.”

Gilly’s Bistro is open Monday to Saturday from 10am to 7pm and is closed on Sundays. Find Gilly’s Bistro on Facebook for more information.

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