(WJET/WFXP/YourErie.com) — For about a year, residents and passers-by in Edinboro and Edinboro have been wondering about the mysterious project underway at Sunset Grill on Lake Edinboro. They speculated about what the structure might eventually become. Well today the mystery ends.
Sunset Grill — a family-owned business and the restaurant side of Edinboro Lake Resort — is building a three-story tower in its location as a place where people can wait for their table and overlook the lake while sipping on a drink.
“You can pick up a table if it’s available, but if not we will now have overflow areas. The tower is one of them,” said family spokesman Mike Russell. “Rather than waiting on a bench in the car park, with the tower you can go have a drink and wait. We’re not trying to put more people on the property, it’s just a mechanism so people don’t have to wait in more uncomfortable conditions – they can just relax, not worry about the 45 minute wait, then when their turn is ready, they can go to their table.
The project started in March 2021. It was originally planned to be just a three-story tower, but plans changed and an addition was added. A traditional staircase will be installed, the project will now have a little more square footage than originally planned and a kayaking area will be installed.
The kayaking area, Russell said, is not intended to be a public kayak launch. The intention of the kayak area is for Sunset Grill to provide a safe place for kayakers already on the lake to pull up, safely unload and store their kayak while they enter the restaurant for snacks, refreshments or a full meal.
Sunset Grill and the Edinboro Lake Resort sit on a smaller lot.
“The idea came from the fact that initially everyone was talking about our property and its small size. They were wondering how we were going to arrange parking, and this and that,” Russell said. “We have turned our situation into a positive by building a proper facility for people who come there. It’s kind of another element to that.
The resort rents out kayaks, so building a kayak-friendly approach was a natural addition to the project.
“They can roll out their kayak, load up on the deck, and it’s going to be a lot more kayak-friendly and boater-friendly,” Russell said.
The tower will have glass doors facing the lake. All speakers in the installation will be synchronized to maintain musical continuity throughout the installation.
Russell said Sunset Grill hopes to open the tower to the public in about six weeks.
“We have focused some of our efforts on opening the side of the cabin and the restaurant, and then we will turn our attention to the tower to open it up,” Russell said. “The excitement is definitely going to grow about it over the next two months. It’s going to be pretty cool.
The cabins are already open for online reservations. https://edinborolakeresort.com/
Sunset Grill will open for the season on Friday, April 29.
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Sunset Grill and Edinboro Lake Resort are located at 12670 Edinboro Road in Edinboro.