the restaurant

welcome to pepenero!!! ...where we make a point to give you a realistic taste and feel of our beautiful italian (and sicilian) cuisine and culture. the new pepenero is located at the heart of building 50, taking over the first floor of the kirkbride hall building where past and present come together in a beautiful harmony. while keeping the original state of all found pieces of history, we have transformed the first floor of the original chapel of the old state hospital into a place with a warm, elegant and relaxing atmosphere. visiting pepenero restaurant is one of the most direct ways to soak in the atmosphere of today’s italy. for those who choose to dine with us, pepenero gives you not only an atmosphere of modern elegance, but also a journey into the most genuine and authentic flavors of italy with an emphasize on sicily.


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Ballaró wine lounge

the wine lounge

Meet PepeNero’s younger brother Ballaró Wine Lounge, with its classy, upscale and stylish atmosphere, featuring italian tapas (small plates), and a great selection of wines mainly Old World oriented. Tasters may pair their wines with a range of antipasti - formaggi, charcuterie, house made pastas, market fresh fish or meats - all dishes representing regional Italian favorites with an emphasize on Sicily. Visiting Ballaró Wine Lounge here in Traverse City, is one of the most direct ways to soak in the atmosphere of today’s Italy. Spontaneous and effervescent as the Sicilian street market it’s named after, is truly the modern day neighborhood hangout; Its a chill lounge with amazing Italian food - set out to recreate the feel and the look of an evening in our home country as we would enjoy it..

the private room

Located off the main dinning room, PepeNero offers private dinning great for private dinners, lunches and corporate meetings. The room accomodates up to 30 guests seated. Both restaurant or the wine lounge are available to rent out for private functions as well. Best of all, your event can have a custom design menu, which affords guests all the opportunity to choose and personalize. Cooking classes or demonstrations may be added on to any event.If you would like more information, you may call 231 929 1960 or send us an email at *Please include your phone number and and a few details about your event (date, aprox. nr of guests ) Thank you.

Please note that for the time being we do not accept reservations for groups larger than 6. Thank you for your understanding


private room


the team

PepeNero would not be what it is without our staff. They are our heartbeat and energy.Meet some of the awesome team members that make the place what it is.

authentic sicilian

Contact Us

you will find us inside the Village at Grand Traverse Commons. Both the restaurant and the lounge are on the first floor of the Kirkbride Hall building (or the old Chapel).


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The mission is simple: serve delicious food that guests will want to return to week after week.

opening time


4:00pm - 8:00pm

Thursday - Saturday


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