Another floor of the popular Pick’s restaurant will be opening Sept. 9 in the Portage Lakes.
Donnie Boyer, who runs the restaurant, is opening the sports bar level of the building just in time for week one of NFL football as the Cleveland Browns open against their rival the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Pick’s opened in May and features a banquet room on the top level and casual dining at Table 530 on the main level. There are also several outdoor eating areas along with a covered bar and Pick’s Chilled, which features frozen drinks, ice cream and milkshakes.
“We have something for everyone,” Boyer said.
Customers can also order online on an app and pull up to the Pick’s drive-thru to get their food. Boyer said this has been a popular feature and he hopes this winter be able to cater to the snowmobile riders who use the lake when it ices over.
Boyer said the kitchen won’t open until October, but the sports bar called Locals on the Lake will offer a full menu. The restaurant has been running the kitchen for the patio out of a trailer and will also run the sports bar out of it until the kitchen is complete.
The sports bar is expected to seat about 100 people along with some seating outside on the terrace. There will be 14, 60-inch TV’s around the bar along with several others throughout the sports bar and a few TVs also outside. Boyer said they have the full NFL package and will show all the UFC pay-per-view fights with no cover charge.
All the windows facing the lake have been removed and half garage doors have been installed, which can be opened.
“I absolutely love this view,” Boyer said.
The sports bar will also feature restrooms, which those sitting on the patio can use also. There will be Keno for customers to play along with several old arcade games. Also, there will be a Bushwacker drink machine.
Boyer said the sports bar will have an industrial look to it as he plans to hang a large scoreboard on the wall to put scores up for local teams, including the Coventry Comets.
The outside bar is expected to stay open until Halloween, Boyer said.
“I definitely don’t want to be the place that closes the patio early,” Boyer said.
Boyer said he has been working hard with the neighbors to make sure noise is not an issue. He said his staff goes out every weekend to check noise levels.
So far, Pick’s has been very successful.
“Business has been incredible,” Boyer said.
He said he apologizes to anyone that came in the first few weeks as it was a learning curve for him.
“We made a lot of adjustments and now have gotten a grasp on it,” Boyer said.
One of the biggest challenges for Boyer has been parking. He is now offering complimentary valet parking on Friday and Saturday nights after 5 p.m.
Boyer has had some help managing the restaurant from Daniel Mundy, better known as Dano. Mundy managed Dano’s Lakeside Pub before a fire destroyed the property in 2015.
“Having Dano as the day manager has worked out incredibly well,” Boyer said. “He is great with customers.
Boyer said Pick’s is very event driven as it has many events coming up including a halfway to St. Patrick’s Day party with the Shaffer Brothers Band on Sept. 15 and a Clam Bake Sept. 22 and 23. Other events planned include Halloween and Christmas parties.
Pick’s employees 105 people.
“I have to be overstaffed to be efficient,” Boyer said.
More information about Pick’s and upcoming events can be found online at: https://picksatplx.com.
This story was also published in The Suburbanite. www.thesuburbanite.com