For those who travel up and down Hwy. 47, Appeldoorn’s Sunset Bay Resort should be a familiar sight. However, for those looking for dining around the lake, the location may not readily spring to mind. With the opening of the location’s new Sunsets Restaurant and Patio Bar, Appeldoorn’s director of sales and marketing Tracy Gallati hopes for the location to break new ground. With an upscale menu and unique open air concept, Gallati sees the restaurant and patio bar as the place to take your out of town foodie guests.

Appeldoorn’s previously had a similar establishment, the Spirit Lake Pub and Patio in Wahkon, which moved to the new location near the Sunset Bay Resort to provide a better view of the lake. Gallati drew attention to the screens, the heaters and the gas fireplace, amenities to ensure guest comfort while they dine in the restaurant’s patio area.

Attached to the patio, guests have access to the bar. Beers on tap come directly from Appeldoorn’s own City Lights Brewery in Milwaukee, Wis.

When asked what she would recommend from the grill, Gallati had to think for a moment. “If you are going for a burger,” she said, “I’d go for the Sunset Burger.” She emphasized that the burgers are huge. In Gallati’s own words, the Lobster Truffle Macaroni and Cheese was also “foodie goodness.” The chef’s ideas often spur specialties, Galatti said, so they wouldn’t just be regular menu items. “It’s probably the best food you can get around the lake,” she added definitively.

“We draw a lot of high caliber people, so you never know who you’ll be dining with,” Gallati said, stating guests could range from TV personalities to Mr. and Mrs. Jones down the way. The patio is dog friendly, “so bring Fido,” Gallati joked. For those looking for somewhere impressive to bring a client around the lake, Gallati thought Sunsets Restaurant would make an ideal location.

This July, they began being open six days a week. In addition, Appeldoorn’s will also soon be opening a Dockside Tiki Bar as part of their expansion of the boardwalk. The Tiki Bar should prove an excellent venue for those looking for margaritas and “Jimmy Buffet”-style drinks.

“It’s a place that everyone wants to be,” Gallati proclaimed, “because it’s beautiful, and the ambiance is inviting.” For those looking to try a taste of what Appeldoorn’s has to offer, the location can be found 5 miles north of Isle on Hwy 47, along 455th St.

Summer hours are Monday, closed; Tuesday - Thursday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Hours subject to change as the seasons change. 

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