Welcome to Shipwreck Cafe

About Us

Our Story


Steve and Jennifer Nowicki opened Shipwreck Cafe in June of 2017. They wanted to bring a new, alternative dining choice to Empire, the Gateway to the Sleeping Bear Dunes.  Together with their daughters, Hannah (19) and Rebecca (16), they are proud of the reputation they are building of delicious food, in a friendly family atmosphere.

Our Food


Fresh, Homemade Pretzel, Italian Herb, and Plain Buns baked daily! Local Greens used when in season. Fresh Produce, Meats, and Cheese. Homemade Treats! Open Year Round!!

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Open 6 days a week!

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In the Heart of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park

Shipwreck Cafe

11691 S Lacore Rd Empire, Michigan 49630



Open today

9:00 am – 3:00 pm