Besides Valravn(?) What Else for 2016?

Thursday, August 13, 2015 7:20 PM
noggin's avatar

Breakwater Cafe is adjacent to Sandcastle.


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Thursday, August 13, 2015 9:45 PM

Seeing Breakwater Cafe sitting dark for much of the day (outside of the breakfast buffet times) is a bit of a bummer. I remember how neat the place felt when it opened, which was admittedly a very long time ago now.


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Friday, August 14, 2015 12:04 AM
Pete's avatar

Breakwater Cafe has such a beautiful location that has so much potential. They could turn it into a fun, beach bar and grill type place which would probably be fairly popular. Especially if it stayed open late at night with some entertainment.


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than in the drink with a boat on the rocks.

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Friday, August 14, 2015 12:11 AM
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Full disclosure, I've never actually eaten there. (If I'm going to Cedar Point, I'm not wasting money on food that doesn't involve french fries, chili and cheese sauce...)

So it seems like a TGI Friday's/Quaker Steak kind of place could do well, next to Sandcastle and within walking distance of many Lighthouse Point guests?


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Friday, August 14, 2015 12:44 AM

With all the other franchises that have come to the park in the last 10 years I assume they've taken a long, hard look at what could work in place of Breakwater Cafe. I guess they just haven't found something that makes sense back there yet. If there is a refurbishment of Sandcastle in the next few years I'd imagine the Breakwater situation will be addressed in some form or another.

In somewhat the same vein, I wonder why nothing has ever really happened with the old lighthouse building at Lighthouse Point (beyond storing furniture and whatnot) like a gift shop or small eatery. The park must feel that there isn't enough traffic from the cottages and campers to support something there during the day.


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Friday, August 14, 2015 7:43 AM
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If they are going the franchise route with Breakwater, I would think a Margaritaville would be a great fit to give a tropical feel out by the lake. Should have lots of open air seating to take advantage of the location. Its a nice location overlooking the channel and out to the islands, but it really only serves people staying at Sandcastle and Lighthouse Point for the most part. I cant see too many people from the park walking back there.


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Friday, August 14, 2015 9:06 AM
Pete's avatar

Yes, I agree with that Steve, that would be a great fit and something unique in the area. I think the closest Margaritaville to CP is in Niagara Falls, Ontario. I think just the people at Sandcastle and Lighthouse Point would be enough to support it, plus it would be a fairly easy walk over there after a visit to Soak City.


I'd rather be in my boat with a drink on the rocks,
than in the drink with a boat on the rocks.

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Friday, August 14, 2015 9:13 AM

Part of the allure of the cabins / campsites, and even the suites to a certain extent, is that guests can save some money by bringing their own food. That savings can be used to justify paying the increased cost of the cabins which can be pretty expensive especially for a multi-day visit. That's not to say that guests wouldn't eat there at some point during their stay, but maybe Cedar Point figures that the capture rate wouldn't be high enough to justify a full-service restaurant.

I do agree with Pete it really is a beautiful location. Since Cedar Fair is interested in creating more premium product offerings maybe the Cafe could be incorporated into some sort of an all-inclusive package.

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Friday, August 14, 2015 10:57 AM
3snoH un=l's avatar

I thought the one on 6 was the closest Margaritaville to Sandusky:

http://themargaritavilleonline.com/


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Friday, August 14, 2015 11:04 AM
Thabto's avatar

I don't think that one's a part of the Margaritaville chain. I think it's an independent restaurant.


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Friday, August 14, 2015 11:15 AM
noggin's avatar

It is an independent. Restaurants in the chain have Jimmy Buffett's name as part of the logo.


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Friday, August 14, 2015 11:31 AM
Pete's avatar

Yeah, the Sandusky Margaritaville is nothing at like a genuine Jimmy Buffett Margaritaville. They were there before Jimmy Buffett's chain opened so they can continue using the name. The Sandusky Margaritaville is a weird combination of Mexican restaurant and biker bar.

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I'd rather be in my boat with a drink on the rocks,
than in the drink with a boat on the rocks.

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Friday, August 14, 2015 11:34 AM

Well, when I think of Margaritaville the first things that pop into my mind are Motorcycles and Lasagna so I guess that theme makes perfect sense...

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Friday, August 14, 2015 11:40 AM
Pete's avatar

I changed my post, brain freeze - it's a strange combination of Mexican and bikers, not Italian and bikers. I was typing about Margaritaville but was thinking of the Boci Club in Sandusky, which is a strange combination of Italian Restaurant and disco.


I'd rather be in my boat with a drink on the rocks,
than in the drink with a boat on the rocks.

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Friday, August 14, 2015 12:01 PM

OK, I've never been there before so when you mentioned it was a weird combination I was trying to figure that one out. Nothing says Margaritaville like a bunch of bikers drinking wine and eating Bruschetta. An Italian Disco is another interesting combination as well, I haven't been to many of those.

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Friday, August 14, 2015 12:21 PM
noggin's avatar

I tend to annoy traveling companions by insisting we drive into Sandusky via 6 (which apparently continues to carry the name Grand Army of the Republic Highway) and have considered stopping at Margaritaville now and again. Never have. Not sure yet whether being a strange combination of Mexican and bikers makes it more or less appealing.


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Friday, August 14, 2015 1:14 PM

If we're still discussing Breakwater Cafe, I would actually prefer for the setup to remain the way it is. It's one of the few quiet, relaxing sit-down breakfast locations at CP.

A Margaritaville where the Cedars currently stand is a whole different story. ;) Since that's one of the areas of interest in 2016, a nice seafood restaurant/bar would go great overlooking the water IMO.

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Friday, August 14, 2015 1:47 PM
codeGR's avatar

^ Different than Bay Harbor?

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Friday, August 14, 2015 3:17 PM
noggin's avatar

A Margaritaville-type restaurant would be rather different than Bay harbor.


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Friday, August 14, 2015 3:22 PM
codeGR's avatar

I'd love a Margaritaville, but "a nice seafood restaurant/bar would go great overlooking the water IMO" is exactly what Bay Harbor is.

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