A quiet street view of J. H. O'Bryan Ave. prior to Patti's. Bill and Patti Tullar fell in love with the lake area of Western KY and purchased Newcomb's Modern Cabins- a 6 unit cinder block motel. They rented the kitchenettes for $11.55 a night. The motel was the foundation of the Hamburger Patti's Ice Cream Parlor,
Several changes were made to the exterior and signage throughout the years. Cedar was always an affordable choice used for both the exterior and interior of the former Patti's.
The original gift shop, The Owl's Roost , was built for Pat and Wayne Moore and it featured beautiful Tole paintings. This room eventually became the Trophy Dining Room.
As our business grew, dining rooms were added. The first dining room was the Upstairs Room followed by the Family Room.
The carry out/cashiers boot for the Ice Cream Parlor was turned into a salad and pie room and eventually became our first private dining room, called the Rhinestone Room. It became the most popular room in the old restaurant.
The marina- Port Ken Bar was sold and became Green Turtle Bay. The owners invited Patti's to open a new restaurant called Patti's on the Pier. The restaurant opened in 1984 and closed in 1988 to build Mr. Bills Bone Box.
The addition along with a new kitchen area was built to seat large parties and tour groups. The plane now hanging in our new atrium once hung inside Mr. Bills along with a folk art painting of Grand Rivers.
As the popularity of the restaurant grew, the idea of making a "tourist destination" evolved.
Our first log cabin gift shop , The Wagon Wheel, was moved from Possum Trot, KY.
Ashleigh's Gift Shop cabin was actually bartered for two Patti's Pork Chop dinners.
Reflections, our home decor store, made it's journey traveling from Draffenville to J. H. O'Bryan, finding its now home in the settlement.
The Gazebo was built for outdoor weddings and events.
The Ridgetop Mall, located across the street from Patti's was acquired and is where Patti's Annex now sits. The annex is our rentable banquet facility.
The charming little Chapel at the back of the Settlement was moved from this same area and has been used as a backdrop for several engagements and weddings over the years.
The 19th Hole Miniature Golf Course was designed and built for all ages to enjoy.
The Pink Tractor Gift Shop, originally Grandmother Tullar's home, opened in 2009 and was later remodeled in 2016.
With so many customers traveling from out of town, places to stay were needed. Crockett Frontiers Campground and the Rose of The Lake Bed and Breakfast were purchased in 2011 and Patti's Inn and Suites in 2015.
Our true tourist destination is complete with dining, entertainment and lodging.
On the morning of February 5th, Grand Lakes Fire Department and surrounding volunteer departments contained the fire, helping us save our antique and tables and stained glass.
Demolition of Patti's began in late April and Bills dining room in mid May.
Architectural planning began and we had our Ground Breaking Ceremony on August 2nd.
Through the years...
We re-opened our doors, in the new restaurant, November 27, 2019 and our future looks brighter than ever.