After flooding made reopening Catfish Lake impossible, Tony Vernon reached out to an old friend, Carol Strazdas, owner of The Lodge.
“This (The Lodge) has been a family business for 53 years,” Strazdas said.
Ed Krajicek, Strazdas’ father, opened the Lodge in the mid-1960s.
Her father passed away 27 years ago, and she took over the restaurant with her brother Eddie Krajicek.
The younger Krajicek died more than a year ago, which caused her to start to thinking about retirement.
“At that time I told myself, I would give myself a year. Well a year came and went and I didn’t do anything,” Strazdas said.
When Vernon approached Strazdas, she thought it would be the opportunity to leave.
“I’m tired and ready to start a new chapter,” Strazdas said.
Catfish Lake, which was located at 1006 Cunningham Road, will move into The Lodge, 16609 Clay St., in La Platte.
Vernon has owned Catfish Lake for 33 years.
With the new location, Vernon will change the name of the restaurant to Catfish Lake at The Lodge.
He said there will be remolding efforts when he moves that will focus on expanding room in the kitchen and adding more equipment.
Vernon said he is waiting on a building permit to add storage on the back of the building so he can move some of the current kitchen equipment.
The entire Catfish Lake menu will be carried over, but will be rolled out progressively as more equipment is being added.
Vernon said that he will employ around 15 to 20 staff members at the new location, which he hopes to have open by mid-July.