By Ron Giofu
A landmark roadhouse that dates back to 1923 is no more.
Meadows by the Lake, located on the corner of County Road 50 and County Road 41, has been torn down. Wayne Jahn, who owned the property from 2005-16 with wife Neda, said it was “a sad day” and suspected the demolition was due to issues with the septic system. He recalled being told of issues when they owned the restaurant, something he didn’t quite understand.
“It was a very busy restaurant, a very successful restaurant,” said Jahn.
Jahn, who would only describe the new owner as an Amherstburg resident named Joe, said he believes there will be a new restaurant erected on that site.
“The people of Amherstburg deserve another Meadows,” said Jahn. “I’m positive he will bring back the Meadows.”
Demolition of the old building was “unfortunate,” he added.
“It’s a shame it had to be torn down so quickly,” said Jahn.
Jahn said during their ownership, the perch was the best sell and that everything was homemade. Wines were from local vineyards, ingredients were sourced locally and they did a lot of charity work.
There were also trying times as well, including a fire in 2007 that caused the restaurant to be closed for six months. Three years ago, a fire caused substantial damage as well. Circumstances that followed with the mortgage provider and insurer led to the building remaining stagnant until it was sold last year.
“There will be another Meadows there,” Jahn firmly believes.