Story by Pamela A. Keene | Photography by Scott Rogers
Don’t worry. The famous Benedicts are still on the menu for weekend brunch at Skogie’s. This year, owner Tony Jonovitch is kicking it up a notch on holiday Sundays. Plus, the restaurant has new décor and some upgrades.
“We’re offering an all-you-can-eat brunch buffet on the Sundays of holiday weekends, including Memorial Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, July 4th weekend and Labor Day Sunday,” Tony says. “We’ll have our classic and Southern Benedicts, French toast, waffles, sweet potato pancakes, chicken and fish fingers, sausage, grits, bacon and even an omelet station.”
Over the winter, Skogie’s remodeled the restaurant, putting in new flooring, new décor and new booths. He has also applied for a beer and wine license.
“We won’t have BYOB anymore, once we get the license,” he says. “But we’ve added a beer garden and expanded the restaurant.”
Tony and his wife, Heather, purchased the eatery at Gainesville Marina in 2011, bringing their years of restaurant experience to Lake Lanier from Florida. Over the years, the menu has evolved, but from the beginning it has become known for its variety of Benedicts served on fresh-made cathead biscuits. Choose from grouper, fried chicken, steak, Canadian bacon or crab cakes with house-made Hollandaise.
This year, Skogie’s has added fried Oreos to the list of homemade desserts including peach pie, Key Lime pie and banana pudding.
Entertainment Fridays through Sundays at Skogie’s adds to the atmosphere. Boaters can park at Gainesville Marina’s courtesy slips, or drive to the restaurant off Ga. 53/Dawsonville Highway. Call 678-450-1310 or visit www.skogies.net.
Over the past 12 months, Tony has ventured into Gainesville proper, last spring opening Midland Station Coffee Co. in the former location of Turnstile Deli at 109 Green Street. Midland Station serves hot and cold sandwiches, paninis, wraps, 10 different kinds of salads, soups and combo plates. It has become a popular gathering place for locals. Side items include broccoli-raisin salad, cucumber salad, homemade macaroni and cheese, and Southern potato salad. It’s open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. Call 678-971-5330 or visit www.midlandstationcoffeeco.com
The Coffee Shop at Lawrence Pharmacy is his newest venture. Located at 631 Broad Street, it’s open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday and offers free delivery within a 5-mile radius. With extensive breakfast and lunch menus. Cathead biscuits with sausage gravy, French toast, breakfast sandwiches, shrimp and cheese grits are served until 11 a.m. Lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. offers Philly cheesesteak, pastrami on rye, grilled or blackened fish, grilled crab cake and tuna or chicken salad sandwiches, salads and cold plates. Call 770- 534-3231 or visit www.gainesvillecoffeeshop.com.