1878 on the Lake” Combines Elevated Menu and Cocktails with Spectacular Lakeside Views
DELAVAN, Wis. – (Nov. 15, 2022) – The completely remodeled dining
room at Lake Lawn Resort  is open after a $1.5 million revitalization
of both the space and the menu. Renamed “1878 on the Lake ,” the
restaurant pays tribute to the resort’s history, which opened as a
50-person boarding house in 1878. Today, the brand-new restaurant brings
together the best of the classic and the modern, highlighting the
spectacular views of Delavan Lake and providing a new dining option for
the area surrounding Lake Geneva.
“We designed a dining experience to bring out the best of our
amazing location on the lake as well as shine a spotlight on the
creativity and skill of executive chef John Billings,” said Dave
Sekeres, general manager, Lake Lawn Resort. “We kept our guests and
the Lake Geneva community top-of-mind during the planning process, with
a focus on creating a premier local dining spot that would be perfect
for a special night out or a destination for family and friends.”
Award-winning Chef Billings has created a menu  of small
plates, sides and timeless main courses with surprising and rich flavor
combinations, including house-made cured meats and locally sourced
produce. Dishes include:
* Shared plates such as braised chuck ravioli with butternut squash,
maple puree, chili lime-radish slaw, and maple-bacon lollipops with
house-cured bacon, basswood, sassafras, and honey.
* Dishes that honor the hotel’s Wisconsin roots include beer-cheese
soup, made with Pabst Blue Ribbon craft beer, Kiel Wisconsin cheese and
* Main courses include an Angus filet served with Vichy baby carrots
and braised ramps, accompanied by a garlic russet mash with espresso
port demi. The ribeye roll with a pinot grigio, Worcestershire and
butter sauce paired with a side of Cholula leek frites is sure to be a
new favorite, and the Faroe Island salmon, is a maple-seared salmon
served with shiitake risotto, chili lemon curd, maple drizzle, and sweet
* Three house-made burgers include a cheddar maple-cured bacon burger,
made of a house grind of beef chuck and brisket with house-cured bacon,
Wisconsin cheddar, lemon oil arugula salad, and a fried egg on a sweet egg
yolk bun, a garlic bagel burger, topped with 1878’s 14-day house-cured
Angus brisket, German-style sauerkraut, gruyere, and house made 1,000
Island dressing, and finally, a meatloaf burger, crafted with onion,
green pepper, garlic, Worcestershire, whisky ketchup, napa cabbage and
honey mustard slaw.
Bar and Cocktails
In addition to an extensive wine  list, the 1878 bar includes
a rotating menu of international and local bottled beers as well as
creative cocktails such as:
* An update to the classic Wisconsin old-fashioned, the filthy brandy
old fashioned is a mix of house-made Demerara simple syrup, Driftless
Glen Brandy from Baraboo, Wisconsin, filthy cherries, a fresh orange
slice and a splash of lemon-lime soda.
* The cucumber mule is a combination of Driftless Glen Cucumber Vodka,
house-made simple syrup, fresh cucumber, lime, and ginger beer.
* The smoked cherry is made from Woodford Reserve Bourbon, honey
brandy, Campari, house-made sage simple syrup, fresh lemon juice, filthy
Cherry and finished with smoked cherrywood
Created to bring the outdoors in while celebrating the original
space, the design team brought back the original wood beams and columns
of the restaurant and stripped the original wood floors back to their
initial state. To modernize the restaurant, designers chose a palette of
blues, grays, and creams for a relaxing interior that reflects the lake
views, which are now more abundant thanks to a much more open and airier
layout. New carpet, furniture, lighting, sound, glass, artwork, and
stonework complete the fresh look and feel.
Communal spaces have also been rethought and refreshed,
including the 1878 Lounge which features a rebuilt art-deco bar and a
mesmerizing kinetic sand art table by Sisyphus. The Fireside Lounge, a
historic gathering area for generations of families, has also been
updated with a newly built fireplace, carpet, furniture, and lighting.
The Delavan Room has also been refreshed, which provides diners with an
intimate private room for small parties and events, and boasts amazing
In addition to 1878 on the Lake , other dining options at Lake
Lawn Resort includes the Lookout Bar & Eatery , available lakeside,
and the Isle of Capri Café , a quick-service café serving
beverages, sandwiches, and wood-fired pizzas. As always, the resort
offers custom catering for both onsite and offsite events.
For more information, please visit www.lakelawnresort.com  or
call (800) 338-LAKE (5253).
# # #
About Lake Lawn Resort
Lake Lawn Resort  occupies two miles of Delavan Lake’s shoreline,
and is the ultimate year-round destination for leisure travel, meetings,
retreats, weddings, and events. Part of the Lake Geneva region, just 90
minutes from Chicago, and a short trip from Milwaukee, Madison and
Rockford, Lake Lawn Resort is set on over 250 acres of natural lakeside
beauty. Property features include Majestic Oaks Golf Course , an
18-hole championship golf course, three on-site restaurants 
including the brand new 1878 on the Lake, 165-slip full-service marina
, a 76’ tour boat, The Lake Lawn Queen , boat and water sports
rentals, three pools, a retail outlet, fitness center, Calladora Spa
, and 32,000 square feet of adaptable and flexible meeting space in
22 meeting rooms, along with 271 spacious, well-appointed guest rooms.
Guests can visit www.lakelawnresort.com  or call 262-728-7950 for
more information. Delavan Lake Resort, situated across the lake on
Delavan Lake is also managed by Lake Lawn Resort.
Lake Lawn Resort
2400 E. Geneva St.
Delavan, Wisconsin 53115