COVENTRY TWP.: The Olde Harbor Inn of Portage Lakes is expected to reopen this spring as an On Tap Grille & Bar at the Harbor.
Bob Wilson of the Crest Group Ltd., which represents the owners of the Harbor Inn property, announced the new venture Friday.
The waterfront restaurant has been shut down since September, when owner Steve Burroughs closed, citing “tough economic times.”
Burroughs and his wife, Lori, purchased the restaurant business at 562 Portage Lakes Drive, Coventry Township, in May 2007 from Lincoln Baringer, who owned it for four years.
Wilson said in a news release that the Crest Group had reached a formal agreement with John Nassos, who owns and operates On Tap locations in Cuyahoga Falls, Stow, Medina and Copley Township. This will be On Tap’s first location south of Interstate 76, and its first waterfront location.
Crest Group represents the owner of the property, JBM Portage Ltd.
“The On Tap concept will be a shift toward casual adult dining with a more affordable dining menu and a vast array of popular draft beers offered as part of their concept,” Wilson said. “The property owners feel the operation will be more in tune with the lakes’ neighborhood clientele, and especially the many people who visit the area year round to enjoy the recreational opportunities offered in the Portage Lakes.”
Building renovations are expected to take place with an April opening targeted.