By: Megan Roche
Lakeside Tavern “Your Neighborhood Bar and Grill” is once again open for business. Lakeside Tavern will be the new go to spot. It’s convenient location on Route 46 will offer easy access to Route 80, Route 206, and Route 24. The family friendly location will have some incredible sunsets and houses picture windows for all to enjoy. Stop in for a game of pool, Darts while listening to some great music or just enjoy the neighborhood setting with a great selection of your favorite bar foods and drinks.
Budd Lake has been a staple in the Mount Olive community for decades. Budd Lake is the largest natural lake in New Jersey at 374 acres. Formerly known as Hattacawanna Lake, the lake was named for Lt. John Budd who was the first military officer to train a home guard to protect the community against threats. Lt. Budd also owned 1300 acres of land in the area back in 1714. The lake has been home to many families throughout the years but was an extremely popular summer vacation destination in the 1920’s. Hotels graced the area around the lake, with the most popular ones being the Greene Inn and the Budd Lake Hotel.
As time has passed, the lake has still been a source of recreation for many in the greater Mount Olive communities. The lake is also the source for the south branch of the Raritan River. Budd Lake has a depth of seven to 12 feet and was created by thousands of years of decaying plant material such as black spruce and tamarack. Budd Lake Beach is a great place to bring family and friends during the summer months.
For Lakeside Tavern and Restaurant Village Hospitality Group owners, Steve and Andrea Bussel, opening and operating a restaurant is no new game for them. The couple also own Long Valley Brew Pub, OMG Burger and Brew, Bea McNally’s in Hackettstown, and White Birch, with Chef Sam Freund.
Lakeside Tavern is located at the old High Noon location, directly across from the lake. There will be ample parking available. The laidback atmosphere houses 15-20 bar seats and is family friendly and economical. The food at Lakeside Tavern will feature tavern food, such as burgers, wings, and more.
Lakeside Tavern is located at 331 Route 46, Budd Lake. Restaurant hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 4:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11:30a.m. to Midnight., and Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Lakeside Tavern will be closed on Mondays.