Welcome to the Lakeside

A place where you can feel comfortable in your shorts and sandals or join us for a special occasion with friends. You can grab carry-out to take on the lake or enjoy our open-air tables during the summer months. Along with our staff, we welcome you to the Lakeside, where you can enjoy good food prepared just for your enjoyment. 

Kelly and Beth

“I’m excited to open the Lakeside. It’s a relaxed space that is welcoming to anyone in search of good food and quality service. Offering it in the place we call home is an added bonus.”

Meet Kelly Graff

While Kelly has always been interested in the hospitality business, entering the kitchen was not planned. Kelly’s parents opened the Checkerberry Inn in 1987 when she was a teenager. She spent time helping out at the Inn but didn’t enter the kitchen until 2002 when the chef there left unexpectedly. The next six years, Kelly learned her craft, and in 2008 she opened Kelly Jae’s Café in Goshen, Indiana.

Kelly credits her interest in flavors and different cuisine to her parents, who took their family on trips around the world. They experienced many cultures and flavors during their adventures. Kelly is drawn to using simple ingredients to create beautiful and flavorful dishes.

Supporting the local community is very important to Kelly. She sources her ingredients locally when possible, creating a partnership with the farmers along the way. Beginning the Lakeside with Beth evolved naturally. Beth’s service background (as a nurse) offers a calm that helps during the chaos that can happen with owning a thriving restaurant. Kelly hopes the Lakeside creates the same excitement for food that the Café did in a less formal space.

Meet Bethanne Grier

Beth grew up in Southeastern Pennsylvania and had a career as a Cardiovascular Nurse on a Telemetry Unit at Abington-Jefferson Health in Abington, PA. She would regularly visit Northern Indiana to see friends, and each visit included a meal at Kelly Jae’s Café. While she always appreciated the food, she visited several times without ever meeting Chef Kelly Graff.

Once they met, they struck up an immediate friendship, which led to Beth relocating and joining the Kelly Jae’s Café team in May 2019. In March 2020, COVID-19 caused restrictions on restaurants, and Kelly Jae’s Café closed its doors. Beth and Kelly decided to launch a new space in their home town of Syracuse.

Beth loves living in Syracuse. She is looking forward to her new role at Kelly Jae’s Lakeside as partner and restaurant manager. Beth will be involved in every aspect of the restaurant and learning as she goes. Her background in the service industry allows her a unique perspective, which she brings with her to the restaurant.

In her downtime, Beth enjoys living on the lake and enjoying all the different outdoor activities the area offers. She also loves to eat tapas! She loves the experience of tasting and sharing a variety of foods with friends, which is what makes her the perfect restauranteur.

“I consider myself blessed to have the opportunity to change my career at this point in my life. It’s refreshing. I am very excited to be a part of this community and to have the chance to bring this type of dining to our town. I am hoping the Lakeside brings in more visitors to Syracuse to support the local business community”