Open for Business: Boathouse Grille

Jerry Gretzinger & WNYT Staff
Created: June 24, 2020 07:10 PM

NEW BALTIMORE - Lots of restaurants reacted to the pandemic by trying to offer customers what they really wanted or needed. However, that didn't always mean coming up with new menu items.

Boathouse Grille in New Baltimore knew there might be shortage of graduation photo ops. So that's what they decided to offer their customers as they stayed open for business.


It was hard enough to have in-house dining shut down for months. However, when their dockside delivery and takeout business also tanked with the canal system shut down, Boathouse Grille was worried they would be sunk.
A PPP loan helped Kathryn and Brian Donovan bridge the gap and numbers are back up, somewhat. To boost things, they didn't rebuild the menu. They built a stage. It was inspired by their son's disappointment at not being able to cross a stage for his graduation.

Customers can call up and reserve time on the stage and their graduate can don their cap and gown and smile for the camera. No charge, but donations go to the Boys & Girls Club.

Of course, while you're there, you may want to check out the menu.

See some of what's on it, by watching the video of Jerry Gretzinger's story.

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