On May 1st, Sunset Grille on Whiskey Island will usher in the summer season with its annual Cinco de Mayo celebration. But that’s about the only consistent feature from the previous year for this lakefront property, which includes a marina, park and restaurant.
“We have new ownership, a new management company and new name for the restaurant,” says Tim Poole, GM at Whiskey Island Marina.
The new owner, of course, is the Cleveland Metroparks, which added the lakefront property last year to its portfolio of parks. The new management company is FDL Marine, which now operates the marina. And the new name for the restaurant is Whiskey Island Still and Eatery, formerly known as Sunset Grille.
Gone is the island-themed interior, says Poole, replaced by an all-new Prohibition-era décor.
“We’re going back to the history of Cleveland during the Prohibition, and the actual whiskey shanty town that used to be down here,” Poole says, referring to the period when distilleries dotted the peninsula.
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