TYGART LAKE—In the last couple of months, outdoor enthusiasts have enjoying exploring Tygart Lake State Park. From boating, hiking, fishing and, of course, swimming the lake truly offers something for everyone, but there has been one thing missing, a place to eat, until now.
On Monday, July 8, Tygart Lake State Park is proud to announce they will be having a soft opening for their new restaurant that will be called The Lodge.
Superintendent Jim Browning shared that he thought of the name “The Lodge” because he wanted something simple but also fitting.
“When anyone talked about getting food at the lodge regardless of what restaurant was there, folks always call it the lodge,” he explained.
He reported that The Lodge is not contracted out like previous restaurants, and it will be owned by the park, so therefore it will be there for good.
The Lodge will be opening its doors with a new patio and seating outside, for guests to enjoy a beautiful view of the lake. Guests will also be able to enjoy the fire pits on cooler nights.
In addition to taking in the view on the outside deck, the restaurant will be offering a traditional menu with great chefs, and they are aiming to have entertainment on the weekends.
“The menu will have many traditional favorites,” commented Browning. “It will be the perfect place to get a bite to eat while enjoying the day at the park.”
District Administrator at WV DNR State Parks Paul Redford shared that the restaurant will be really focused on great food and great service, along with cleanliness.
He voiced that they want the restaurant to strive to be number one in service and have the best tasting food.
According to Redford, in the past, Tygart Lake State Park has been awarded number one in hospitality and is ranked 97 percent. This is a rank and award they want to keep.
“This park wouldn’t stand in its ranks if it wasn’t for the great hardworking people it has behind the scenes,” he added.
Redford revealed that the restaurant has been in the works since last fall.
He added that the lodge is located in a beautiful spot and having a restaurant will make the final touch.
Redford shared that there is something for everyone when they come to Tygart Lake State Park and this restaurant will provide that with great food and service.
“Location is key. It really ties in everything about their restaurant being at the lodge. You really couldn’t ask for a better place to be, but here at Tygart Lake State Park,” he voiced.
Redford commented, as like anywhere else there is always going to be improvements and the park is glad to announce the new restaurant.
“Friendly folks, boaters, tourists, town locals, site seeing individuals, no matter who you are, make sure you stop at The Lodge for good food and service,” he added.
The hours of operation are 8:00-11:00 a.m. for breakfast, 12:00-3:00 p.m. for lunch and dinner will be available from 5:00-8:00 p.m., and on the weekends until 8:30 p.m.
“It’s a must see for sure and will be a great place for folks to come,” Redford imparted. “The park aims to please with great service.”
So be sure to head out to The Lodge and enjoy your meal overlooking scenic Tygart Lake State Park.