Hess Lake to lose its restaurant?
A popular lakeside restaurant will apparently not be reopening after a Tuesday night fire caused significant damage to the building that housed Smugglers Cove.
The business posted this on social media:
“As many of you know and have heard, Smuggler’s Cove has had a fire and yes it is beyond repair. We will keep you all updated on what’s to come. Thank you for all the love and support! We have been fortune for the many good years and am so happy that everyone was left without a mark.”
The fire began in the upstairs portion of the business and customers were evacuated safely while firefighters arrived on the scene shortly after.
From the NFD:
“Newaygo Fire Department was dispatched to 864 E. 88th Street, Smuggler's Cove, for a reported electrical fire in the attic. Command arriving on scene reported working fire across the roof. Mutual Aid was requested from Ashland-Grant Fire Department, Croton Fire Department and White Cloud Fire Department. The fire was contained to the second floor and called under control at 2038. The cause of the fire is under investigation at this time.
"Due to the quick actions of our members and mutual aid partners, we were able to limit the fire damage to the second floor of the building," said Jason Cunningham, Deputy Chief of Newaygo Fire Department.
The local eatery was a favorite among lake residents and also drew regulars from throughout the area and beyond. Near North Now contributor Mollie Swendrowski offered this mini review last year:
“A familiar site to those who frequent the waters of Hess Lake, a recently renovated Smuggler's Cove offers an intimate nautical environment for landlubbers and water voyagers alike. Arrive by land or sea (er, lake) and help yourself to a hearty plate of nachos or choose from one of the largest and most unique seafood selections in the area, all while enjoying a stunning view of Hess Lake during summer or winter.”
By late morning Wednesday the parking lot saw a steady stream of cars passing by slowly, a television crew on hand interviewing a group of Harley riders who had heard about the blaze and stopped in on their way north, and folks who had not heard about the incident and arrived looking for lunch.
Discovering the closure sent them searching for alternatives.