If you’re out on the glittery water of Lake Cour d’Alene, Idaho, make sure to keep your eyes peeled for The Buoy.
What is The Buoy, you may ask? It’s a floating restaurant, a converted houseboat has a fully-functional kitchen and serves up hot food and ice cream to any boat-goers who care to pull up alongside them.
The owners are Essex Prescott and Corey and Gared Schneider, who grew up in northern Idaho and have been in the water all their lives. Despite their youth, they aren’t strangers to entrepreneurship. They first dabbled in starting a business when they were just 17, 14, and 15 years old by creating Hayden Wake and offering wakeboard and wake surf lessons starting in 2006. The idea to start their water-based restaurant first struck about a year ago, and now the threesome are busy creating a unique experience for locals and tourists alike who are out enjoying Lake Cour d’Alene.
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Here’s how it works. First, find where they are on the lake by following their social media sites, heading to their popular hotspots—or simply looking around for a crowd of boats. That’s probably The Buoy in the middle of that mayhem. Text their number (208-875-2253) to receive a text in turn with the menu, call to place your order, listen for your name to be called from their mega mic, and motor over to the bow of The Buoy to pick up your chow! It’s that simple.
So what’s on the menu? Everything from The Buoy Burger (a 1/3 pound burger with all the fixings) to the The Amigos Chicken Tacos (complete with Valentina Hot Sauce) and the Buffalo Blue Chicken Sandwich (grilled chicken with Monterey Jack cheese, Buffalo Blue Sauce, and fixings). Grab a basket or two of their signature fries and Buoy Ranch, and don’t forget to indulge in ice cream. It’s delightful innovations like these that keep us all happily well-fed while out enjoying the water.
Photos credited to The Buoy