Sat. Sep 30th, 2023
    New Owner of Boathouse Tavern Praises Renovation Work and Great Staff

    Jeffrey Peters, a real estate investor from Lancaster, recently became the new owner of the Boathouse Tavern located along the Muskingum River in Coshocton. Although he never intended to buy a restaurant when he rode up on his motorcycle, he recognized a good deal when he saw one. The previous owners, Dave and Sharon Tatro, were looking to retire, and Peters seized the opportunity to take over the eatery.

    One of the main reasons that attracted Peters to the Boathouse Tavern was its prime location on the riverfront. Additionally, he appreciated the beautiful property, the remarkable renovation work done by the previous owners, and the dedicated staff. The restaurant resembles a boathouse on a lake, complete with a dock for boats and an outdoor stage for performances. The upper level can accommodate approximately 100 people, while the bottom level serves as an event space with a bar. The menu features American traditional cuisine, with popular items like smashburgers and a meatloaf tower.

    Peters has expressed his satisfaction with the current staff, crediting the dining room manager, Rick Van Sickle, and the kitchen manager, Robert Wilson, for ensuring the smooth operation of the establishment. He has no plans to make major changes at the moment, believing in the philosophy of “if it’s not broke, don’t fix it.” However, he does have future plans to bring a variety of performers to the outdoor venue and has added fire pits near the river for a cozy ambiance.

    Despite splitting his time between Ohio and Key West, Florida, Peters intends to be a hands-on owner. He is engaged to an emergency room doctor and actively participates in the Key West community through his involvement with the Ernest Hemingway Look-Alike Society and the annual Key West Mermaid Festival, both of which support local charities.

    For those interested in visiting the Boathouse Tavern, more information can be found on their Facebook page or by calling 740-722-9445. The restaurant operates from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays.

    – Coshocton Tribune: Leonard Hayhurst, [email protected]