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Restaurant, Easter buffet returning to Mahoney State Park
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Restaurant, Easter buffet returning to Mahoney State Park

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New Restaurant at Mahoney State Park

The View at Mahoney's menu will be new, but the dining room at Peter Kiewit Lodge won't change significantly, said Mahoney State Park superintendent Jake Rodiek.

After closing more than four months ago, the restaurant at Mahoney State Park’s Peter Kiewit Lodge will soon reopen with a new name and new vendor.

The View at Mahoney, scheduled to open April 1, will replace Caddy’s Parkside Grill, which closed in late November, citing diminished demand for eat-in dining during the pandemic.

“We’re excited about it,” said Jake Rodiek, the park's superintendent. “It will be nice to have people back.”

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And to try get more of them back, the Game and Parks Commission will waive its entry permit requirement in April for guests who travel to come to eat at the restaurant. “If that’s their main purpose, they’re welcome to come out and give it a try.”

The View at Mahoney will offer several menus, including fine dining, traditional dining such as burgers and sandwiches, children’s meals, gluten-free foods and pizza, Rodiek said. It also will offer catering, sandwiches and sodas to go, and delivery to cabins, lodge rooms, campsites and the Ashland area. Its operators should have their liquor license by May.

The restaurant’s reopening will allow the park to restore one of its traditions — its popular Easter Sunday buffet, Rodiek said. Guests should expect some changes this year, such as limits to the number of people at the buffet line, switching out utensils and increased sanitizing.

“But we’re excited to have that again. Last year was a different story.”

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