A Brief History

A brief History of our Location: Lake Hopatcong was a happening place in the turn of the century (1900s). Nolan's Point was a central part of the Lake Experience. In fact, where the Windlass sits today - The Lake Pavilion once stood. Built in the 1880s for the booming summer tourist trade - it featured a dance hall, restaurant, picnic grounds, amusements, and hotel. In 1928 the property became a part of Nolan's Point Amusement Park which had facilities to thrill guests with roller coasters and rides. Frank Crater took over the property when the park closed during The Depression.

He converted the large ballroom into a roller rink which later collapsed in 1948. Crater's Tavern was established in a salvaged portion of the building. In 1963, the Spinelli family took ownership and named their new luncheonette the Windlass. The Spinelli family grew the business into a full-service Italian restaurant. In August 2014, Alice Szigethy purchased the property which has since been renovated with the history and tradition of the Windlass in mind. During the construction - many artifacts were unearthed and discovered. Some are on display in our dining room.

The Windlass is a Seasonal Business

The Windlass operating hours vary according to the time of year.

The Windlass dining room is closed:


New Year’s Day

Tuesday after Labor Day

Thanksgiving Day and the Friday after Thanksgiving

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

The Windlass has a Seasonal Reservation Policy

The Windlass cannot accept reservations for the outdoor seating area or any specific table.

Credit card deposits may be required for reservations made for special events and holidays.

Groups of 8 or more should ALWAYS make reservations.
The Windlass has a season-driven reservation policy as follows:

May 1 – Oct 31st
No reservations accepted– EXCEPT for parties of 8 or more or reservation suggested special events

Nov 1 – Apr 30th
Reservations accepted though not required- We strongly recommend reservations for groups of 8 or more or for reservation suggested special events

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What to Expect at The Windlass

The Windlass is a casual lake-front property serving guests international fare and some Italian-American Italian favorites. Our seasonal menu and daily specials feature a wide array of selections which include pasta, beef, pork, chicken, seafood, fish as well as wood-fired pizza. All dishes are made to order – as a result, there are some menu items which can be modified for special dietary needs – vegetarian, gluten-free. Our littlest patrons also have a children’s menu to choose from. Patrons can enjoy cocktails and a bar menu inside the dining room at our bar-boat “On the Rocks”. During warmer weather – dinner guests may enjoy eating on our patio or enjoy drinks only on our dockside gliders.

Timing your Meal

Most guests enjoy a relaxing three course meal in less than 2 hours. During the peak season, we may ask guests who stay at their table beyond the 2 hour mark OR longer than 15 minutes after their server presents a check (whichever comes first) to kindly let other guests have an opportunity to have use of the table. We invite guests to enjoy other portions of our facility once they leave their table – the bar, the gliders, the porch are some great places to relax after a meal.

Private Parties

On-Premise events can be held in the Windlass’ private party room, or, on occasion, in a portion of our dining room. The Windlass has been the perfect venue for showers, parties, corporate events and repast gatherings. Our Private Party team, headed by Kim Heineman, works closely with hosts to ensure each event is seamless, decorated just right and the food fits the occasion perfectly.

We also specialize in organizing larger multiple venue events which incorporate use of Lake Hopatcong Cruises, Lake Hopatcong Golf Course and Alice’s.

Please contact Kim Heineman at 973.663.3190 ext 2
or email PrivateEvents@thewindlass.com to start planning an event with the Windlass.

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