May 7, 2019 | Story by: Matt Durr
This article originally appeared here.
You’ve probably seen the shirt at some point. You may even own one yourself. The one with the beer mugs on it that reads “Zukey Lake Tavern.” People who’ve never even been to the popular Hamburg Township bar have that same T-shirt as it’s something of a Michigan wardrobe staple.
It’s also a shirt that’s been in the closet of actor Ryan Reynolds for nearly two decades according to a story in the New York Times. Reynolds discussed his wardrobe — rather his lack thereof — and mentioned his favorite clothes.
“I have an old T-shirt that I’ve had for maybe 18 years. It was black, but is gray now. And on the front it says Zukey Lake Tavern. I don’t even know where that is, but it’s a real tavern somewhere in the United States,” Reynolds said.
Those of us here in Michigan know the lakeside bar has been a staple of summertime parties and gatherings in Livingston County for decades. Still, it appears Reynolds has never actually been to the bar itself.
“I’ve had a couple of people say, ‘No way! That’s from my hometown.’ I got it at a vintage store shortly after I moved to Los Angeles from Vancouver, way the hell long ago,” Reynolds said. “Maybe this was in 1998 when everything in vintage stores was like four bucks.”
The bar still sells the shirts and many other pieces with the bar logo on it. To see the shirt or buy your own, visit the Zukey Lake Tavern website.