Port Sanilac’s new waterfront restaurant opens with steaks and a view
After being closed for more than a year, a waterfront restaurant in Port Sanilac is getting a facelift with a new name and new owners.
Tasis “Tasso” Cardaris and his son reopened The View at Uri’s Landing at 7365 Cedar St. and renamed it The View Waterfront Restaurant.
“We think that sums it all up,” Cardaris said.
Cardaris, who lives in Marysville, said talks to buy the restaurant began in June and the deal was finalized in July, with a Friday night opening earlier that month.
He said his family owned and operated full-service restaurants and he saw a space in a small community that could be open to job opportunities and other avenues for the city.
“I’m a restaurant owner at heart,” Cardaris said.
The View Waterfront Restaurant is open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday.
The restaurant is working with the health department and has a temporary limited menu, but we hope to be able to offer a full menu soon. Once it gets staffed it will open for breakfast as well, hopefully in September. The restaurant is hiring and people can call and apply in person, he said.
When it comes to food, Cardaris wanted to have a “different twist.”
The fish comes from a special source, “which I will never reveal”, so the portions are larger, he said.
According to the restaurant’s temporary limited menu, dishes include:
- Great Lakes walleye for $16: dusted with seasoned flour, sautéed until golden brown, drizzled with herb and garlic bistro butter sauce, and served with freshly baked bistro potatoes of the day and asparagus.
- Maryland Chicken for $17: Grilled seasoned chicken breast topped with asparagus, chunk crabmeat and Hollandaise sauce, served with bistro potatoes.
- The View New York Strip for $24: A hand-cut, grilled 12-ounce Angus strip loin topped with mushroom caps, melted bistro butter and asparagus, served with bistro potatoes.
Cardaris said the full menu will include eight sandwiches and eight burgers.
“Everything is freshly prepared daily,” he said, including the “incredible steaks” and the restaurant smokes its own pork products.
As for the atmosphere, as soon as you enter the restaurant, you are immediately greeted by Cardaris, his wife or a member of staff. He wants guests to be treated as if they were guests in a home, he said.
And then there’s the beautiful view, he says.
“Amazing views of course of the beautiful Port Sanilac Harbor and incredible Lake Huron right behind,” he said.
Cardaris said the investment to open the restaurant was significant, but worth it.
“We are here to stay,” he said. “We love this community.”
Heidi Priehs, a family friend of the restaurateurs who has owned a holiday home in Lexington for 10 years, said when she heard they were opening the restaurant she was thrilled for them.
She knows how passionate they are about serving great food and creating an enjoyable experience, and she thinks the area needed another quality restaurant.
“Whether it’s a casual lunch or a special celebratory dinner, having another dining option is always nice,” she said in a written message. “It’s also very convenient for boaters.”
She was able to go to the restaurant and said she enjoyed menu items like the Kickin’ Srimp appetizer and the Maryland Chicken.
“The location is beautiful and the food was delicious,” she said.
Port Sanilac Village President Raymond Mach said another restaurant in Port Sanilac was “great news”.
He said the restaurant had been operating as a form of Uri’s Landing for about 20 years with different operators and had likely been closed since before March 2020.
“Obviously COVID has taken its toll on most restaurants,” he said.
Although the village is small, it prides itself on having a wide range of services and supplies and having more restaurant selections is key to attracting people from across the country, he said.
Every time a business opens, it’s “like a shot in the arm,” Mach said.
He would welcome anyone coming to the village to go “see The View”.
“It’s an experience they’ll want to repeat, no doubt about it,” Mach said.
People can learn more about The View Waterfront Restaurant on its Facebook page and can call (586) 210-8662.