The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

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May 7, 2013

Long-closed Saybrook restaurant expected to reopen after six years

SAYBROOK TOWNSHIP —  It’s two years in the making, but Lou’s Billow Beach at 5205 Lake Road W., will be reopening in mid-May.

New owners Harry Glitz and Ed Dunlap say servers, cooks, hosts, bartenders, bussers and dishwashers have been hired, landscaping, structural work and decorating have been done at 50-year establishment, if you don’t count the time the eatery abruptly closed in early 2007.

Giltz of Canton teamed up with his long-time friend, Dunlap, a former Ashtabula resident. Glitz said that they have been working on the building and property for about two years. During the restoration, the owners said they had great cooperation with the township and helpful input from local residents.

Several changes have been made to the appearance of Lou’s Billow Beach. The new interior décor highlights Lake Erie and Ashtabula Harbor. The outdoor patio/bar has a Key West motif. Glitz said Mike Crislip, president of Herschman Architects in Cleveland, did the architectural work. Crislip is a former Saybrook Township resident.

Giltz said that the complete food and beverage menu will be available when dining inside or alfresco. The restaurant/bar will feature casual dining with a family oriented atmosphere. The moderately priced menu will include seafood, steaks and cocktails.

In 1964, the former owner, Louis DeHelian, added a bar to Lou’s Billow Beach and remodeled the upstairs to accommodate large parties. The restaurant was renamed Lou's Stagecoach when it re-opened after the renovations. The name was changed back to Lou's Billow Beach when Tracy Coates took over ownership, about 20 years later. It was more recently co-owned by the late Gib Shanley, a Cleveland television sports personality, and Rich Phinney.

 

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By SHELLEY TERRY

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