Papa Doc’s will be run by Bottle Cap Group, the same restaurant group that brought Charlotte Ink N Ivy, All American Pub, Rosemont and more.
“When you think of Lake Wylie, you’ll think of Papa Doc’s and become family,” Britton McCorkle, President and CEO, said in a statement. “We want to be a part of every conceivable celebration and milestone and continue to be the anchor of Lake Wylie.”
T-Bones on the Lake was a local icon for 24 years before it closed in December. Its prime location doubled as an entrance to Lake Wylie, as it was the first place to grab a bite after crossing the Buster Boyd Bridge from North Carolina. But don’t worry: the 38 boat slips aren’t going anywhere, and Papa Doc’s will continue to offer to-go service for boaters. And the family-friendly restaurant will still boast sweeping views of the water.
Papa Doc’s will be open daily, serving lunch and dinner. Its modern American menu will include oysters and lobster tail. The cocktail menu will feature frosty, tropical drinks.
There’s no word yet on the future of the beloved patio, which was especially popular during summer months, with its outdoor bar and seating for dozens of patrons.
Before it was T-Bones, it was The Hungry Fisherman, which also served Lake Wylie diners for 24 years.
Bottle Cap Group marketing director Morgan Conroy said Papa Doc’s plans intends to operate within a similar space as T-Bones did, which included room for more than 500 guests, with semi-private and private areas for events. “We are excited to repurpose an existing beloved space in the community and continue to cultivate and expand our relationships within York County,” Conroy said.
An opening date has not been set, but Conroy confirmed it will open in 2019.