It was 1989 and two ordinary, average guys from Geneva, NY were wrapping up another great summer of bass fishing on Seneca Lake. Year after year they would swing by their favorite “pit stop” on Route 14 – but they learned that that summer might be their last. The convenience shop was closing its doors. Then by a mix of fate, and early-life crisis, the financial planner and accountant became owners of West Lake Market.
Over the next year they would change the name to Seneca Marketplace, add a deli to compliment the lake essentials of beer, soda, and ice.
Memorial Day of 1994 and the summer kicked off with Ports Cone and Grill serving fresh ground burgers, hand cut onion rings, and soft custard on their outdoor deck. Everyone’s favorite lakeshore marketplace had just become the best lunch spot on the West side of the lake.
Over the next 6 years, they would remodel half of marketplace building and turn it into an indoor dining room. Ports Cafe opened in December of 2000, serving a simple restaurant menu, wine, and beer. Ports Cafe climbed to the number one spot on TripAdvisor in 2004, outpacing the visions either guy had for their favorite beer run. Serving “good food, fine wine” and great service has always been their simple story.
Between 2015-2020, the Cone and Grill was remodeled to create an additional dining room and an all-season patio, new restrooms, and a full service bar were also added to complete the renovation.
We believe that great food and better service
is what makes an experience worth having again.