PRESCOTT - Mik Bijan and Zita Brink, owners of the Lynx Lake Café and boat rental service, have lived a stone's throw from the Prescott lake for a decade. Innumerable tourists, campers, locals and more have visited their family-run operation over the years.
Lynx Lake Café, which specializes in German and American dishes, is set to open for the season on Thursday, Feb. 6, following their annual winter closure - during which they made a few upgrades.
Visitors will discover a new farm theme featuring related knick-knacks and a mural surrounding a portion of the dining area. Those with a keen eye might even spot Mr. Miller himself in the mural, as well as Quasar, one of the café's resident cats. And a live pot-bellied pig, Mr. Miller, can often be found greeting guests on the property.
The view shifts from farmland to forest as customers gaze at the spectacular view of Lynx Lake from the café's picture windows.
The café also boasts new menu changes, including rotating German cuisine.
When the café opened 10 years ago, visitors ate from a rather limited menu, as the café only had a couple of freezers for use. At the time, Brink said the restaurant hosted about 20 people a day. The café, which seats 60 inside and 40 outside, has grown since then and offers a full menu, including appetizers, salads, burgers, sandwiches, entrees and breakfast plates.
"Now, on a good day in the summertime, we see 300 to 400 people a day on the weekends," Brink said. "A lot of people bring their animals to sit outside, and the dogs get a biscuit."
The café is open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays and from 4-8 p.m. for dinner Thursdays through Saturdays. Accordion players will be found at the cafe from 5-8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights, Bijan said.
The café is closed Mondays through Wednesdays.
Boat rentals, from kayaks to electric boats, are available from April through October.
For more information, visit the Lynx Lake Café website at www.lynxlakerestaurantprescottaz.com or call 778-0720.
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