Member Spotlight 30

crosswinds restaurant & Bar

chamber questions

​280 SE Catawba Road
Port Clinton, Ohio 43452
Monday - Thursday: 4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday: 4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday: 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Sunday: 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
1. Tell us about your company culture.
We strive to provide high quality food and beverage to our guests while displaying top notch, friendly service in a clean and comfortable environment suitable for all ages.  We first opened our doors to guests in June of 2009, and while the interior of Crosswinds was well maintained and remained pristine throughout the years, we aim to stay ahead of the curve and recently performed a significant remodel in January of 2016.  Utilizing local contractors and in-house laborers, we refreshed our lobby, bar, and dining areas with new carpeting, dazzling epoxy concrete floors, relaxing paint colors, new energy efficient lighting featuring Edison-style LED light bulbs, and photographs by a local artist.  These improvements, along with our location adjacent to the Erie-Ottawa International Airport, accentuate our local nautical and aeronautical theme throughout.  The comfortable atmosphere and outstanding service, combined with Lake Erie Perch and Walleye, award-winning burgers, baked and traditional pastas, choice-cut steaks, locally famous Cameo Pizza, local craft beers, unique wines, hand-crafted cocktails and delicious martinis, continues to set us apart as a favorite dining establishment. 

2. Tell us about organizations/charities that you are passionate about. 
Product sourcing and giving back locally is a key initiative at Crosswinds.  During the initial construction of our restaurant, throughout the recent remodel, and whenever routine maintenance is required, we have insisted on using local contractors whenever possible because we feel an obligation to help support our local economy to the best of our ability.  We are members and supporters of the Port Clinton and Marblehead Chambers of Commerce and Main Street Port Clinton.  Two of our partners are volunteers with a local fire department and remain active and dedicated to the safety of our community.  Additionally, we routinely aid in fundraising for the Humane Society of Ottawa County, The Salvation Army, The Wounded Warrior Project, local schools’ clubs and sports teams, and many other local events and charities. 

3. What 3 business tips can you share with others?
  • Our employees are truly what makes our business great.  Invest in your staff and treat them with respect.
  • Listen to your guests.  Taking the time to objectively receive and reflect on feedback about your business pays dividends.
  • Network with other local businesses.  Maintaining a healthy competitive relationship with those in your marketplace can give you a much broader insight into the trends and challenges facing your industry.  Joining your local chamber of commerce is a great place to start!