Howie's on the Lake
Howie's on the Lake

Howie's on the Lake: A Hidden Gem

Owners: Eric and Claudia Griffin

Whether for a round of drinks in the evening, live trivia or the best local bands; visiting Howie's on the Lake is always an extraordinary experience. Relax with family or friends over a cocktail, or indulge in one of the world-class hamburgers for which Howie's on the Lake is famous.  Friendly service is a given and our goal is to make you feel like part of the family! 

 

We love our sports teams! Great place to watch your favorite sport teams! Buckeys, Browns, Cavs or Indians... we got you covered on one of our many flat screen TV's- not a bad seat in the place! 

 

Eric & Claudia and the team at Howie's on the Lake looks forward to welcoming you! We appreciate your support and patronage! 

 

HISTORY OF HOWIE's on the LAKE

For nearly 90 years, Howie's has been a fixture of the Portage Lakes. 

 

Originally names "Caston's Landing" in 1927, we started as a local grocery store and bait shop who catered to the weekend tourists and residents. 

 

In the 30s and 40s, Caston's was know to have a few attractions overlooked by the law- like slot machines tucked away in a garage out back. 

 

Howie and Ada Geis bought the property in 1952 and changed the name to "Howie's on Lake." The grocery and bait shop expanded, a restuaurant and bar were added. Additionally, dock space was expanded and the weekend boating crowd was encouraged to stop for a bite or a drink. 

 

Mrs. Geis continued to own the establishment until she decided to lease the property and sell the business in the late '60s. After a few management and ownership changes, Howie's was purchased by Max Guscoff in 1973. 

 

For 39 years Max owned what would become an icon on the shores of Turkeyfoot Lake. He finally decided to retire in June 2012, and Eric Griffin purchased the business & property. 

 

A lifelong Portage Lakes area resident, Eric's family ties cross paths with Howie's long before he ever considered purchasing the bar. His great grandfather Jack DeLuca was a tavern owner in Akron and later became the President of the Deluca Distributing Company- where the original bar from Howies was installed as a fixture in the conference room. 

 

While the torch has been passed, Eric remains commited to preserving the history of and heritage of Howie's on the Lake. We pride ourselves on our excellent and affordable food, cold beer and drinks, and amazing atmosphere and we're open year round to serve you! 

Contact Us

Howie's on the Lake

4856 Coleman Dr.

Akron Ohio 44319

 

330-644-8343

howiesonthelake@gmail.com

howiesonthelake@gmail.com

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Happy Hour Specials

Regular drink specials make Howie's on the Lake a favorite after-work destination. Click HERE for specials! 

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