ASHTABULA — A neighborhood restaurant proprietor says he won’t ever yell at his son once more for being on his mobile phone.
Due to David DeGeorge’s son, Anthony, Lakeway Restaurant at 729 Lake Ave., obtained some much-needed monetary assist from Barstool Fund. Though the DeGeorges don’t wish to say how a lot help they obtained, they do wish to say how grateful they’re for the assistance.
“It was a blessing, actually a blessing,” David DeGeorge mentioned. “I didn’t know my son submitted an utility. He’s a fan of Barstool Sports activities and David Portnoy, [founder of the popular sports and pop culture blog Barstool Sports].”
Anthony, 26, despatched Portnoy an e-mail in regards to the restaurant, which has been within the DeGeorge household since 1952, when DeGeorge’s late father, Lawrence “Bruno” DeGeorge, purchased it.
“He had a dream — opening the best restaurant in Ashtabula County, serving the very best meals in a clear and pleasant ambiance,” David DeGeorge mentioned.
At the moment, almost 70 years later, his household can say his dream got here true.
Bruno and his spouse, Gerrie, took over the previous Lakeway, which stood subsequent door to the present-day Lakeway, after Bruno misplaced his job at Reliance.
The previous Lakeway featured a lunch counter, a deli case, sandwiches and home made pies and pizza. Previous-timers may keep in mind when a bowl of soup price 25 cents, a sizzling canine, 30 cents, and a grilled corned beef sandwich a whopping 60 cents.
However because the years handed, the DeGeorges realized they both needed to make investments some huge cash to repair it up, or demolish it and construct a brand new one.
The constructed the brand new one in 1975, the identical yr David graduated from St. John Excessive Faculty.
Three years later, David graduated from the Culinary Institute of America at Hyde Park, N.Y., and he’s been including his personal particular contact to the restaurant’s recipes all through the previous 43 years.
David took over the enterprise when his father died in 1995.
“Ever since coming back from chef faculty, my dad has labored 60 hours every week,” Anthony DeGeorge mentioned. “My grandma, now 87, and my dad proceed operating my grandpa’s dream restaurant. The 2 of them haven’t slowed down a bit.”
Usually, enterprise actually picks up in the summertime, because of boaters and fisherman who flock to the realm, however when the COVID-19 pandemic arrived almost a yr in the past, enterprise slacked off and ultimately triggered the restaurant to shut for 2 months.
“When we reopened, we have been working at half capability,” David DeGeorge mentioned.
Income is down about 30 p.c.
“It’s been exhausting, it’s been exhausting,” he mentioned. “We now do carryout, we’re on DoorDash and we do curbside pick-up, in order that helps.”
Lakeway Restaurant, 729 Lake Ave., Ashtabula, is open 7 a.m. to eight p.m. each day.