We hadn't been there in many years. At that time, it was a good place for a quick "stop in" for a drink or two only. They had free popcorn too! (
After hearing an ad on the radio about the "newly remodeled terrace", we decided to stop by there to take a look at what had changed.
The mistake we made was deciding to have dinner first at the River Cafe in Erie since we didn't know what the "Grille" meant at the Sand Bar. We did not like eating there before so opted for the Cafe and the "sure thing". Well, we hadn't been there either in a couple of years and were disappointed in the patio dining. It was dirty and the service was poor. Oh well . . . . On to the Sand Bar.
We were were very surprised to see a very nice structure built on the area where years ago stood a party tent. The "Please Wait to be Seated" sign was the first indication that things have changed.
We were met almost immediately by the manager who asked to seat us. We recognized him immediately and explained we were just taking a look around and asked to see a menu. QUITE different from years past. (Notably was Lobster Bisque and Dirty Rice . . . mmmmmmmmmmmm) He went on to tell us about the Chef who had many dishes he was known for. All I could think about was the wonderful meal we missed out on by choosing the other restaurant.
There was a DJ in the corner playing music and live entertainment was going to be playing later in the night, tonight and tomorrow afternoon as well. (I love Sunday afternoons with live music)
Boats coming and going from the Marina to the Lake makes people watching fun. There are dock spaces right outside making it a good place to go by boat for dinner and/or drinks and/or dancing. It is comfortably casual and very nice at the same time. It's a great place for intimate dinners or group gatherings.
Oh yes. The manager is John Martin of McGeady's and Schottenheimer fame. He runs a great restaurant with customer service and quality always being Job #1.
This is definitely a place we will add to our "List of Options" when going out and nyone who knew the old Sand Bar should give them another peek. We were pleasantly surprised.