Frontier Cafe closed, campground to undergo renovations

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NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) - The Frontier Cafe and apartments at Lake Maloney are closed. The East Maloney Home Owner's Association President, Mary Anderson, says that there are plans to demolish the cafe and the apartments next to it.

The Frontier Cafe at Lake Maloney is now closed and will be demolished in July. (Source: Madison Clark\KNOP-TV)

Anderson says the cafe and apartments are not profitable, and the facilities are not meeting code requirements.

She says people can use the boat ramp and spend the day on the beach.

But because of extensive renovation plans, there will be no overnight camping allowed there this summer.

The apartments will be demolished in July and sold as private lots. 14 new lake front camp sites will be finished by the summer of 2020.
There will also be new off lake camp sites.

Anderson says the campground needed to catch up to code and will have all new water, sewer and electricity at each site. As well as new bath houses and restrooms.

There's emotional ties to the closing of the cafe. Kenny Lusk has lived at the lake for over 50 years. Lusk name says he's sad to see the cafe go.

"I've lived here all my life and used the lake since 62 or 63. Been here and enjoyed that, hate to see the restaurant close. It's kind of convenient for the public. Used to get worms and minnows and all of that stuff," said Lusk.

Anderson expects construction to be finished by the fall. The Nebraska Public Power District must approve the Marina plan before construction starts.

Anderson says the plan will also be available for folks to see what it looks like too.