By Loren Grube
The long-awaited grand re-opening of Lakehouse Bar & Grill in Loon Lake took place on Wednesday, Dec. 28 with a soft opening on Dec. 21. Over the past couple of months, new owners Russell and Nicole Seaman have renovated the kitchen to prepare healthy menu items from scratch. They have already started building relationships with local farmers, such as Lone Crow Ranch, and will be “cooking real food, the real way,” said Russell. The Lakehouse Bar & Grill is open Wednesday through Sunday from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
The new dining room menus are seasonal with both adventurous and traditional food items to choose from, said Russell. The breakfast menu is available until 2 p.m. with selections such as Eggs Benedict; Breakfast Sausage Strata; Shakshuka, eggs poached in roasted tomato stew; as well as a Brisket Hash. The dinner menu is available from 4–8 p.m. with selections such as Lone Crow Meatloaf; Scallop Risotto; and Chicken Picatta. The upstairs dining room offers an atmosphere suited for date night, with great food and service and a wine list coming soon.
The downstairs lounge menu runs from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. and offers more traditional items, such as sandwiches and shareables. Also available is food to-go. The lounge offers a casual environment, with a jukebox, pool table and comfortable seating. The Seamans hope to have their liquor license in January and plan to make ongoing improvements to the restaurant.
“This morning [Dec. 23] hubby said jump in the car I’m taking you to brunch at The Lakehouse [Bar & Grill in] Loon Lake. The food was OUTSTANDING! So glad to support the new ownership here in Loon Lake.” – H. Shamberger
Russell and Nicole Seaman and their son Jonathan Seaman-Cwik are all hospitality-minded with deep roots in the food service industry. Russell was born and raised in Spokane. He took his first culinary class in seventh grade and later earned his culinary degree at Spokane Community College. He now has 30 years of cooking experience, including working as a chef at Churchill Steakhouse and Dockside in Coeur D’Alene. He is currently head chef at Anthony’s in Spokane. Nicole Seaman moved to the coast of Washington as a teenager and to Spokane in 2004. She attended wine-making school in Walla Walla and is currently the executive wine director for the Eat Good Group as well as general manager of Francaise Spokane.
Jonathan Seaman-Cwik, who also completed his culinary degree at Spokane Community College, will be running the kitchen at Lakehouse Bar & Grill. The Seamans have brought in a launch team with managers and kitchen help. For those interested in joining the team, you can fill out an application in person.
The Seamans first saw the restaurant was for sale in late summer, and the sale was finalized on Oct. 31, 2022. Since then, they have been working hard to renovate the kitchen and add more refrigeration and additional cooking equipment to be ready to make all of their menu items from scratch.
The Seamans believe in supporting the community and look forward to building relationships with local farmers and ranchers. A few of their menu items already include brisket and ground beef from Lone Crow Ranch, and to quote Russell, “Their beef is beautiful!”
Guests can look forward to fun events throughout the year as well, such as a special Mother’s Day brunch menu as well as Luaus on Labor Day and Memorial Day.
Lakehouse Bar & Grill also offers off-site catering, private party booking, an outdoor venue, and culinary classes.
Be sure to make your way over to Lakehouse Bar & Grill at 3998 Hwy 292 in Loon Lake to enjoy one of their scratch made culinary delights for breakfast, lunch or dinner along with exceptional service, available Wednesday through Sunday, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. While reservations are suggested, walk-ins are welcome. For the latest updates, follow “The Lakehouse Loon Lake” on Facebook. You can also reach them by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (509) 644-0077.