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Bayview Bar & Grill opens with high hopes

Popular Lake Vermilion eatery reopens under new management with live music planned this summer

Jodi Summit
Posted 6/26/19

GREENWOOD TWP- Bayview is back in business. The popular lakeside summer dining spot has been closed since 2017, but now has reopened under new ownership.

Greg Archibald, Autumn Jacobson, and Talia …

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Bayview Bar & Grill opens with high hopes

Popular Lake Vermilion eatery reopens under new management with live music planned this summer

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GREENWOOD TWP- Bayview is back in business. The popular lakeside summer dining spot has been closed since 2017, but now has reopened under new ownership.

Greg Archibald, Autumn Jacobson, and Talia Miko are leasing the bar and restaurant building from Bayview RV Resort owners Dean and Becky Ribich, and operating it as an independent business.

“Dean and Becky approached us with this opportunity,” Miko said. “We couldn’t be more thankful.”

Miko said they have received lots of support from locals, who are excited to see a lakeside dining spot with the outdoor decks and tiki-style bar on the deck back in business. Bayview will be open daily from 12 noon to 10 p.m. The menu includes lots of local favorites, including appetizers, burgers, wraps, and salads. Dining is available inside the bar area and out on the deck.

Miko and Jacobson, longtime employees at the Vermilion Club with almost 30 years of experience between them, have been working tirelessly to get the restaurant ready to reopen.

“We both always wanted to have our own place,” Miko said. “Arch gave us this awesome opportunity.” Archibald has been running the Vermilion Club for the last 20 years. He said he saw the reopening of Bayview as a new opportunity.

“Everybody wanted it open,” Archibald said. “It’s on the lake.”

The rest of Bayview has been converted to a RV resort. Miko said the RV’ers have been stopping by regularly to say hello.

“They are super-excited for us to get open,” she said.

Getting the kitchen, indoor bar, dining room, and outdoor deck back in shape has taken a lot of time and energy. Archibald said they’ve gotten a lot of help from friends, to get ready for opening day. The lodge area has been converted to a game room, with a pool table and air hockey.

“It’s been a lot of work,” she said. “But we are excited to have a place on the lake.”

The three are also very excited about the new menu.

“We are focusing more on easy, off-the-lake, foods,” said Miko. The restaurant is not offering dinner entrees, leaving that to the nearby Vermilion Club. The kitchen staff spent this past week testing out all the new foods, and the staff is pretty enthusiastic.

“It’s just really good,” Miko said.

Bayview will be hosting live music on Saturday, July 6 with Jammin’ Joe out on the deck from 4 – 7 p.m. They hope to book live music regularly in the summer, either on Thursdays or Saturdays.

There is a nice, new access road to Bayview RV Resort, and access to the bar and grill is no longer available off the old Bayview Drive. And of course, there is still plenty of dock space available for those coming by boat.

Bayview Bar and Grill hopes to stay open through the early fall, depending on staffing. They will be open for private events and parties year-round, and plan on opening weekends during the snowmobiling season. For more information, you can call the restaurant at 218-753-2469.

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