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Plenty of places to enjoy dinner, night life at Tri Lakes this summer

(Talk of the Town photos by Jennifer Zartman Romano) Above, known by most as The Cove, the restaurant on the south shore of Shriner Lake has reopened and features a great barbecue menu.

By Jennifer Zartman Romano


After a long day in the sun, riding around on the pontoon, water skiing with friends or wakeboarding -- many local residents eagerly look forward to a beer with friends or a barbecue meal at one of several local eateries along with shores of Whitley County lakes.
Last summer, after the closures of popular places such as Timmy's Nook, Barry's Boathouse and the even longer-gone Goose Lake Resort, only one eatery remained: Portside Pizza at Tri Lakes.
This summer, that's all changed -- as three Tri Lakes area restaurants will be open and eager to welcome the business from the nearby lake community and beyond.
Portside Pizza has expanded their total square footage, recently opening a two-story addition that includes more dining space, a dance floor, restrooms and a vaulted ceiling that looks up to a pool table room and additional seating area.
Owners Matt Bunyan and Mike Mast opened the new section in March, with customers commenting positively on the bright, open new space.
Last summer, Bunyan and Mast were pleased to unveil a newly created patio area with outdoor eating spots and cornhole tournament area.
Known by long-time lakers most affectionately as "The Cove," business owner George Kilgore has reopened the restaurant most recently known as Timmy's Nook on the south shore of Shriner Lake.
The Cove re-opened in March and features a currently narrow menu of barbecue dinners. The ribs, we're told, are excellent in their special recipe barbecue sauce. Staff say the menu will soon expand with even more offerings. Currently, you'll find fish, barbecue chicken, burgers and draft beer on the menu.
Like The Cove, the old tavern on the southeastern shore of Shriner Lake has been many things over the years. After many months of renovation, Sisters Restaurant will open for the first time this Tuesday at 11 a.m. for lunch and will offer a dinner menu starting daily at 4 p.m.
The restaurant, as the name would imply, is owned by sisters Laura Wall and Marcia Krider and will feature a casual dining atmosphere and a great, expanding menu. A family dining area is offered and the restaurant will be able to accommodate groups.

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