It’s a bar now, with Riverside Resort on the way

By By Lance Traweek / American Press

Riverside Resort is located on 2,000

feet of river frontage property. It is still under construction but when

completed it

will have facilities for up to 250 recreational vehicles, 75

rental cabins, two restaurants, three bars, a banquet room, and

concession stand, bait shop and convenience store.

Located on the Calcasieu River at 3748

Highway 3059 (Old Town Road) in Lake Charles, it is an ongoing project

that James Mistretta

started developing several years ago. They currently have

Loggerheads Bar open at 2 p.m. every Wednesday-Friday and at noon

every Saturday and Sunday.

What is the atmosphere like?

We have live music on most weekends and

a band every Sunday afternoon. Loggerheads Bar is an upscale,

non-smoking bar. It

has six large screen TVs, two stone fireplaces, and offers indoor

or outdoor patio seating overlooking the Calcasieu River.

It’s a great place to watch your favorite team, have a drink,

visit with friends or watch the sunset. We also have an outdoor

tiki bar and patio area. The bar is for anyone 21 and older.

Next to Loggerheads Bar we have Loggerheads Bait Stand which has plenty docking for boats to tie up and shore power. Loggerheads

Bait Stand is a small store which sells fuel, ice, baits, tackle, boating essentials and convenient store items.

What else does Riverside have to offer?

Riverside is the home dock for the Lady

of the Lake which is a three-story, 105-foot yacht which is rented out

for dinner

cruises and private parties. It can accommodate up to 150

passengers. We mainly rent it for holiday parties and special occasions

but I try to offer a monthly public cruise.

(lakecharlesdinnercruises.com)

What are the future plans for Riverside Resort?

I hope to start building the Riverside

Bar and Grill next month. It will be two stories and consist of a

5,000-foot bar and

grill with a 3,000-foot covered patio. The second floor will

consist of a 5,000-foot banquet room and 3,000-foot covered deck.

It will have a stage and dance floor and offer indoor and outdoor

dining with a glassed view overlooking the river. When completed

the banquet facilities will be available for parties and rentals.

The whole project will take time to complete but it is my

hope to be able to offer a destination place for people to come

and be able to enjoy great food, entertainment and culture

in a beautiful setting on the Calcasieu River.

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Send your Businesswise suggestions to Lance Traweek, American Press, P.O. Box 2893, Lake Charles, LA 70601; or email suggestions to ltraweek@americanpress.com

Business Snapshot

• Location: 3748 Highway 3059 (Old Town Road) in Lake Charles.

Owner: James Mistretta.

Services provided: Lady of the Lake can be rented.

Hours: Loggerheads Wednesday-Friday at 2 p.m. weekends at noon.

Years in Business: 1

Number of Employees: 8

Phone: 491-6794

Email: info@lakecharlesdinnercruises.com

Website: www.lakecharlesdinnercruises.com

Company Slogan or Motto: None.