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Newly Renovated Tappan Lake Marina, Restaurant Unveiled

Photo by Carri Graham Shari Lewis and Matt Donahoe, operators of the new restaurant pose for a photo inside the newly renovated kitchen of the Waters Edge Kitchen + Bar which is set to open in April 2022.

SCIO — After nearly a year of renovations, the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District unveiled its brand new Tappan Lake Marina facility and restaurant.

A media day was held Tuesday morning where MWCD officials showed off the nearly $6 million renovation project that began in November 2020. Adria Bergeron, director of marketing and communications at MWCD, said the upgrades included an entire remodel of the former building which includes a new marina, bait shop and restaurant. The new facility provides better access to its guests, she said.

Bergeron said construction was set to be complete earlier this year; however, it fell behind schedule due to a delay in materials and contractor staffing issues.

“We finally got done and we’ll be ready to open with a bang in 2022,” she added.

The marina area is located on the bottom level of the facility with the restaurant taking up the upper level space which includes a view of the lake and an outdoor deck space for additional seating. There are stairs and an elevator to access the bottom level.

Boris Slogar, chief engineer at MWCD, said the new facility is much more energy efficient than the previous building, with full LED lights and more.

“The building is heated and cooled using a geothermal system, so we have heat exchangers that are actually out in the lake,” he said. “We route brine water through piping into the lake and that’s much like a geothermal system that you can have for residential use, we have a commercial grade system here that is heating and cooling the building at great efficiencies.”

There will also be some green infrastructure implemented in the spring to filter runoff from the parking lot, Slogar said.

Although the renovations to the facility are complete, the Waters Edge Kitchen + Bar will not open until April 2022 due to some delays in construction.

The future restaurant which can now seat 250 people — 150 indoors and 100 on the covered deck — is owned by the MWCD and operated by Shari Lewis and Matt Donohoe, the owners of the Dennison Yard, an Italian-style restaurant.

Lewis said the Waters Edge restaurant will differ from their current eatery. Although they are still working to finalize the restaurant’s new menu, she said it will include items such as burgers, steaks, fish sandwiches, flatbreads, wraps and more.

“We’ll have a variety of things that people can enjoy coming off the lake that want more of a casual thing,” she said, “and then also for people who drive down for a date night or bring their families down because they want to dine with a view.”

Lewis said they are looking forward to stocking the kitchen and opening in the spring. She said they have a couple openings for a general manager and kitchen manager. Anyone interested in submitting a resume can do so by emailing info@dennisonyard.com.

The marina will remain open on the weekends until mid-October where boat rentals, boat fuel, fishing license, boating license and limited bait can be purchased. After Oct. 15, the shop will be open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Jeremy Hoffer, manager of the Tappan Lake Marina, said he recommends people call ahead in the winter months to check the shop’s availability.

An open house where the public can tour the new facility is set for 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at 33315 Cadiz-Dennison Road, Scio.

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