LakeHouse Restaurant & Bar receives Internet recognition

By Tony Wittkowski | Business Reporter | The Herald-Palladium

ST. JOSEPH — A St. Joseph restaurant was acknowledged for its view of Lake Michigan earlier this week.

The website OnlyInYourState.com published a list of 10 restaurants in Michigan that have “Jaw-Dropping Views While You Eat.” Among them, ranked at No. 2, was LakeHouse Restaurant & Bar.

At the corner of Hilltop Road and Lakeshore Drive, the restaurant was listed behind only The Mermaid Bar & Grill of Saugatuck in the rankings. Other restaurants on the list came from cities like Detroit, Holland and Traverse City.

Manager Mike Siemans said he first heard of the ranking Monday morning when they opened up.

“We were very excited about it,” he said. “Amy Heugel, who is part of the ownership here, was the first to let me know of it. I was surprised and enthusiastic.”

Siemans said they were not contacted by the article’s author or the website before the item was published. Instead, one of the workers discovered the article when it was shared on Facebook.

The article includes a list of the restaurants with a photo of their favored scenic view, along with a short description below. Underneath LakeHouse’s ranking it read: “Featuring surf and turf, burgers, and sandwiches, this place gives you a prime view of Lake Michigan.”

The photo for LakeHouse showcased a view of a sunset going down across Lake Michigan, where customers sat eating at the restaurant’s patio. Siemans said the patio seats about 100 people.

“The view is key. It’s one of our main selling points,” he said. “Everybody sits outside on the patio first. It fills up out there. We get a lot of out-of-town guests from Chicago and Indiana. We got guests yesterday from Australia. They come from everywhere.”

LakeHouse recently celebrated its one-year anniversary two months ago. The restaurant is affiliated with the nearby Holiday Inn.

Contact Tony Wittkowski at twittkowski@TheHP.com or (269) 932-0358. Follow him on Twitter @tonywittkowski.

(Author’s Note: This article was originally published on Aug. 26, 2015)

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