Mike, a retired photo-journalist started this tradition in 1993, when he opened a cozy little bar in downtown Jerusalem, where he welcomed all.
This tiny little pub that many people mistook for a private living room later became a prominent Jerusalem landmark.
From the very beginning, Mike's Place attracted the most eclectic assortment of individuals: from travelers to native Israelis, foreign students to Russian immigrants. Arabs, Jews and Christians all sat together with, journalists, diplomats, soldiers and UN personnel - all sharing the good vibes, good music and great beer.
In the background, unique and unmistakable, the signature of Mike's Place; free, live music - every night.
Among the original regulars, or the irregulars as they became known - was Haifa-born, Jerusalem-raised Assaf Ganzman,.
In 1995, in what became Mike's Place folklore - Ganzman inherited the bar when Mike threw in his bar-towel, tossed him the keys, wished him well and headed back to Canada Within months - Mike's Place became one of the best known secrets in Jerusalem, one of the first bars in Israel to serve Guinness on tap, customers spilling out of the door.
By 1999, Mike's Place had become a fixture on the Jerusalem scene and Ganzman decided to expand the business. He brought in his brother Gal, as a business partner. The bars got bigger, the bands got better and the regulars became family. It really never stopped being that living room