History of The Oaks
History of The Oaks Lakeside
In the late 1800's, the Townsend family came to Chippewa Lake and created the estate that is now The Oaks Lakeside Restaurant. Five prominent oaks that stood in a semi-circle on the front lawn gave the estate its original name: Five Oaks. Oscar Townsend added a barn, a carriage house, a boathouse and formal gardens. He designed the unique portico with a latticed roof and thirty-six Tuscan columns leading to it. One of Oscar's passions was collecting stones from around the world. He used them to create the two interior fireplaces still enjoyed by the patrons of The Oaks Lakeside Restaurant & Event Center on a cold winter evening.
By the early 1900's, the estate had become a standard for hospitality and gracious living in Medina County, and played host to the rich and famous of the day. The estate operated as a dining establishment and bar when it was purchased in 1961 by Don Casper and Al Hitchins. The two continued as joint owners until Al's death in 1986. Don remained the sole owner until his passing in 2003. In the summer of 2004, John & Audrey Pollizi partnered with Don's three nieces; Bonnie Casper Drushal, Cheryl Casper Iaquinta and Holli Stille Boylan.
Johnny's unique palette penetrates our cuisine as he guides "The Heart of the House". Audrey's energies are focused on the direction of The Oaks daily experience for you, our guest. The Pollizi's dedication and eclectic style is evident as they contribute to the legacy of The Oaks. The Oaks Lakeside Restaurant & Event Center has become best known for the glorious wedding ceremonies and receptions held exclusively on the property. We are also well known for our traditional Easter, Mother's Day and Thanksgiving Buffets. We take pride in all of our social and business events that we host.
The Oaks Lakeside Restaurant & Event Center offers the finest in alfresco lakeside dining. In the colder months, join us and have a seat next to one of our cozy fires or a lake view table to watch the fall colors or a gentle snow over the lake. No matter what time of year, the sunsets are always incredible. Our seats are often limited, so reservations are advised and often required.
Our dinner menu changes seasonally as our chefs are inspired by fresh, local harvests. Come out and enjoy a relaxing dinner and a stroll down by the lake to see the beauty for yourself. We look forward to seeing you.