In the words of some of our customers, “Nyona Lake is Indiana’s best kept secret.” However, It wasn’t always a secret.
Nyona Lake began development in September 1924 by John Shaffer and Bill Foust. Nyona Lake was named after John’s wife, Bessie Nyona.
Throughout the 1920’s and 1930’s Nyona Lake became a popular hang out spot for locals and travelers. According to legend and some rumors, Nyona Lake was often frequented by Al Capone, Tom Mix, and Clyde Beatty.
Although, the exact time that the building in which Lakeside Kitchen currently resides was built is unknown, it was originally called Heckathorn’s.
Lakeside Kitchen was bought by Christina and Tim Overdorf in March 2017. They are current residents on the lake, and wanted to reinspire the lake to be a popular hangout spot as it was in it’s glory days.
A new room was added for more seating and a better view of the lake during the summer of 2018. Now the extra room hosts parties, live music, trivia night, and karaoke.
Today, Lakeside Kitchen is a family friendly environment serving traditional diner food with the purpose of being a nice space for food and lake lovers.