Our restaurant specializes in hand made pizzas and meticulously created subs, salads, pasta dishes, desserts, and more. Create your own pizza or choose one of our gourmet pies; we carry over 50 toppings, the combinations are endless. Solid quality food products and a twist on some traditional flavor combinations keep you coming back for more! We focus on only using whole ingredients, minimizing our use of preservatives, additives, and artificial flavorings.
Our bar features a nice selection of microbrews on tap, high gravity beers, wine and liquor; join us for happy hour Monday-Friday 2-6pm. $2 Domestic Drafts, $3 Craft Drafts, $3 well drinks and $3 House Wine.
This Downtown building was a wreck when Dan first looked at it in 1991. He decided it would be a good investment because of the price.
Little did he know what he was in for. Almost twenty years later he is still working and repairing. The building is now in its best condition and every part of it is useable.
He has re-roofed it twice, the first time was not done properly, so he did it himself the second time.
The electric service was almost nonexistent, the plumbing was a joke, several of the floors were buckled, and ceilings were on the floor.
It took almost two years to get it done enough so he could open one small part of the bar, restaurant.
It now has a main floor with 100 seat restaurant, a full bar, 9 pool tables, 5 table poker room, a small stage and seating area. The second floor has two bars, a main stage and dancing area and 12 pool tables.
There is a half floor above the kitchen with an office and a two bedroom, one bath guest quarters.
On the second floor we built a 1500 sq ft one bedroom apartment and we are in the process of adding a master bedroom and bath which will make it a 2000sq ft, two bedroom, two bath. Sometimes it is OK to live above your business and other times you would like to just get away from it. Here are some pictures of our apartment as it was being built. I don't have pictures of what this space looked like to begin with. It was about 9 or 10 small rooms in very bad condition.
Sonny's Marina and Cafe was started in 1952 by Vernon Ford as Boone's Creek Marina. In 1957 Dean and Katherine Cothran purchased the marina, together they worked to improve the business. In 1983 Dean Cothran died, at that time Katherine Cothran (Mama Kat) and her son Sonny ran it until 1988. Sonny Cothran then bought out his mother and became the sole owner, and that's where the name originated. In 1996 Sonny sold the business.
The present owners are proud to own a premier property in the Tri Cities that provides a recreational facility here at home. We had a vision to improve and enhance the property to better serve our local residents and visitors to our area.
Sonny's is the oldest continuously operating marina on Boone Lake. We are a full service marina. We offer a Certified Service Dept.,Indoor and Outdoor Storage, Trailer Storage, Boat Cleaning/Detailing, Lake Calls, Covered, Uncovered and Lift Slips,Fueling Station, Pontoon Rentals, Marina Store complete with a Parts Dept.(Mercury,MerCruiser, Evinrude/Johnson and others) the added bonus to this property is Sonny's Cafe! Our Cafe is well known for Good Food, Great Atmosphere, Friendly Service and The Area's Best Live Entertainment.
Ryta Cornett, Owner/President would like to thank you, our customers and friends for voting us the Readers Choice Best Marina. We are honored to receive this award. This is the 8th time Sonny's has received this award and we attribute this to our loyal and dedicated staff. We feel very fortunate to have them on board.
Sonny's also received the TVA's Certified Clean Marina Award in 2010. This award certifies our marina meets and is in compliance with TVA's pollution-control standards. At Sonny's we are dedicated to protect the waters of the Tennessee Valley.
Thank you for letting us be a part of your summer memories. "One of the greatest rewards in the business is to look around the cafe/marina and see everyone smiling and having a good time with their family and friends."
Experience fine Southern BBQ. Pit Master Tony Wilson brings his award winning BBQ sauces that originated in Stoney Creek, TN. Tony and his father began smoking meat and fish on Watauga Lake in 1979. Southern Craft is proud to bottle Tony’s original sauce recipe…bring it home and impress your friends with finger-licking good sauce.
Known for its good food,cold beer and down home atmosphere. WE are the only bar in Tennessee to have a Hawaii Night celebration of" kamehameha day", part of our Hawaiian heritage.Don Heiges bought the business in 1975 and operated it until his passing in 2004. Today, his family continues the proud Heiges tradition.
Tipton Street Pub – Downtown Johnson City’s best place to eat, drink and be merry. Featuring over 50 beers, imported and domestic, draft and bottle, whatever floats your boat, we got it. Throw in a full menu of appetizers, hot wings, salads, sandwiches and burgers, and you’ll be sure to stay a while. Come on over and see what the buzz is all about.