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Storytelling Through Food

July 28, 2017

Throughout history, even dating back to our earliest ancestors, food has been at the center of human culture. Not only do we need it for survival, but it’s during meal time when we share stories, create connections and build relationships with our friends and loved ones. Food is a catalyst for human connection, and it also has the ability to tell us its own story. The flavors of a delicious meal can instantly transport us to the far corners of the world, or provide us a feeling of comfort like a warm blanket on a rainy day. Our team of chefs at Lakeside Inn believes in the power of storytelling through creative and flavorful dishes made from scratch in-house with only the best available ingredients.

Our team of chefs is lead by Executive Chef Alvaro Ochoa. His partner in the kitchen is Miguel Aguirre, our gifted Sous Chef, who has been instrumental in the development, preparation, and execution of many of our food items in both The Timbers and Latin Soul restaurants. Over the years, Alvaro has invested time in developing our talented team of chefs, who all contribute ideas for dishes and have a true sense of pride in what they create. They include Leonardo Rodas, Carlos Gonzalez, Ismael Mora, Samuel Perez, and Samuel Hernandez.

History of Lakeside Inn and Casino

June 06, 2017

What does it take to be a landmark? It takes having interesting stories from the past live on. The Lakeside Inn has no shortage of stories.  It has seen it all from multiple ownership changes, fire, and even a robbery attempt. Lakeside Inn and Casino has only been around since 1985, but it's a fascinating story of how we got here.

Originally, there was a small inn and casino in the location where Lakeside sits now called Caesar's Inn that opened in 1969. That was short lived as it was sold to Harvey Gross in 1972 and became Harvey's Inn. Along with the purchase of Caesar's Inn, Mr. Gross bought much of the surrounding land including the Sky Harbor Airport and Casino (yes...there was an actual airport there) located across Kahle Drive in what is now Rabe Meadows.

In 1973, during renovations to the new Harvey's Inn, while workers were welding in the newly remodeled casino, a spark created a fire that engulfed the building. In the aftermath of the fire, there was heavy damage to the new casino area and motel lobby along with water damage to the restaurant area. But, Harvey's Inn bounced back from the fire until the passing of Harvey Gross in 1983. In 1985, the property was sold to original Lakeside Inn and Casino owners Bill Kartozian, Dick Jeha, and Stan Sperling. Mike Bradford would later replace Stan Sperling as co-owner in 1991.

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