Bone Island Grill Opens on Lake Oconee

Bone Island Grill opens on 44

Posted: Friday, July 13, 2012 7:45 am | Updated: 7:49 am, Fri Jul 13, 2012.

Bone Island Grill, a new casual lakeside restaurant on state Route 44 next to The Lodge at Lake Oconee, has been open for about a month with large crowds.

Response to the restaurant has been “excellent,” Jody Winfield, the executive chef, declared Monday. “We’ve had a lot more successes than failures,” he said.

General Manager Kara Fuller agreed and said the staff is “thankful” for the support received from the community.

The Bone Island Grill was originally at Crooked Creek Marina. Fuller said the restaurant did well at the marina during the summer, but traffic was not as good the rest of the year. The location on Route 44 had both the lake and road access needed for the type of menu the Bone Island Grill offers. The restaurant was “gutted,” Fuller said, and renovated almost completely inside.

The menu is “definitely a wide ranging menu,” Fuller said, noting, “we have a little bit of everything on the menu.” She pointed out that diners may choose from many things including seafood, steaks and pasta.

The Bone Island Grill has a staff of 58, Fuller said. Winfield and Fuller emphasized they continue to accept applications and interview potential employees.

Winfield, who has been a chef for 22 years, said the company’s aspirations include being the “preferred restaurant” for customers and the “preferred business” for employees.

The two also talked about their “goals and values.” Fuller listed three – purpose, passion and pride. She said each employee should understand his or her purpose because each has an “impact on all guests … in some way.” Once the purpose is understood, she said, employees should have a passion for the purpose and pride in the job.

Winfield added that the restaurant staff expects to “treat the guests that walk through this door as if they were in their own home.”

Bone Island Grill seats about 200. It also has a banquet room that can handle up to 45 people.

The restaurant is open from 4 to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, with the bar closing at 10, and 4 to 10 Friday and Saturday, with the bar closing at 11.

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