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A new place on the lake

4th Tavern Lake House has opened on Crescent Lake in Waterford, a space occupied for over three decades by the Village Place. The new establishment is owned and operated by Jerry Sanchez, who also has part ownership of 5th Tavern in Bloomfield Township on Telegraph north of Square Lake Road. The space has been completely renovated with contemporary lighting, furnishings and tile flooring. The real change in this property, however, is that Sanchez has taken advantage of the spectacular water views. The eatery currently seats 240 guests including a new enclosed heated patio area. A newly constructed deck will be completed in a few weeks, which will extend all the way to the water, accommodating outdoor seating for 120 and dockage for eight boats. A property across the street has been purchased for additional parking. The menu includes everything from burgers, salads, sandwiches and flatbreads to higher end options like the 20 ounce bone-in ribeye and the cedar plank Scottish salmon. A full bar offers an extensive wine list, craft, domestic and imported beers and cocktails. Sanchez has been in the restaurant business his whole life, serving as a banquet chef at the Townsend Hotel in his younger days. “Business has been very good,” he said. “What’s really been great is the response from the entire community. Everyone has been so supportive.” 4710 Cooley Lake Road, Waterford


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