LAKE GEORGE — The Courtyard by Marriott in Lake George is revamping its restaurant into a new steakhouse and adding a beer garden.
The current Peak 365 restaurant, which featured American cuisine, is being renamed Charlie’s Steakhouse.
Hotel General Manager Kevin Markham said the name pays tribute to area businessman and former Gaslight Village and Storytown USA founder Charles R. Wood as well as to hotel owner Dave Kenny’s father.
The new décor features wooden tones and paintings on the walls from local artists. A mural has been painted on one wall near the entrance.
KDA Hospitality runs the restaurant. There is also a Starbucks located in the hotel.
Markham said hotel officials have been doing some testing with guests to get feedback on the steaks ahead of the formal opening, which should be in a couple of months.
The Marriott currently does a happy hour from 4 to 7 p.m. seven days a week. That will continue with the rebranding.
Kenny said the hotel wanted to a switch to a higher-end steakhouse to appeal to travelers from New York City and Montreal. In addition, the nearby Giuseppe’s Pizzeria & Restaurant next door has agreed to stay open year-round to give guests another dining option.
A beer garden will occupy what was previously unused space adjacent to the restaurant, according to Kenny.
“This will be done in about a month,” he said.
In addition, Kenny said there is going to be a new fire pit off the beer garden. The hotel was able to purchase an adjacent house that was formerly home to a law office and take it down to accommodate the expansion.
Mazzone Hospitality runs the catering operation and rents out meeting space at the hotel.
There are two 3,900-square-foot ballrooms on the second and fourth floor. The hotel’s large Lakeshore conference room can be subdivided into two or three smaller rooms on the first floor. There is also a 670-square-foot standalone room.
The hotel also features a 1,750-square-foot rooftop terrace and the 576-square-foot Silver Bay Suite.
There is demand for meeting space, said Amy Austin, the hotel’s director of sales.
“We have lot of groups on the books for 2018. It’s used quite frequently,” she said.