J.D.’s on The Lake to Acquire Blue Cat Lodge

As Season 2 of Netflix’s “Ozark” wraps filming, it appears that Marty Byrde will not be laundering his money anymore at the fictional Lake Ozark restaurant, The Blue Cat Lodge. Located on Lake Allatoona in Canton,  the lease has now been acquired by popular J.D.’s Bar-B-Que restaurant. Owner Chip Allen has plans to serve more than just his famous barbecue to customers, adding a full bar as well as Sunday brunch.

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The new restaurant, “J.D.’s on the Lake”, is finalizing the  approval process from the health, fire department and other country agencies. Knowing it is in the best interest of everyone to have the restaurant up and running for the summer season, Allen is aiming for an early June opening. Watch for hiring notices on their Facebook page.

J.D.’s currently has locations in Woodstock on Bells Ferry, just a mile down the road from the Blue Cat Lodge, and another location in Acworth. Both current locations will remain open. Allen stated:

I have 18 years restaurant experience and we believe we can capitalize on this unique location by having great food and great service.

His goal is to keep it simple and model the success of the  other restaurants. Allen will personally be in the kitchen, and asks that the community be patient and give them a shot at becoming your restaurant destination by either boat or car as they look to be part of the Lake Allatoona community.

When Netlix acquired the property for “Ozark”, the previous occupant, the Little River Grill was closed. Boaters on the lake have been missing having a dining option in the area, so the announcement from J.D.’s is welcome news.

Canton resident Ned Harrison, a Lake Allatoona boater commented:

J.D.’s is the perfect fit for the lake community. We are long overdue to have a successful restaurant here, and I am excited that JDs is the choice.

J.D.’s offers catering services that include more than just their famous barbecue. They also serve as one of the sponsors for the Kennesaw State football team. We will share the menu for the new location as soon as it becomes available.

The Marina has offered up to a three year lease to J.D.’s, which extends into the proposed construction for the nearby bridge. The road widening and bridge replacement on Bells Ferry Road at Little River project begins just south of the North Victoria Road / Bells Ferry Road intersection and extends north for 0.83 mile. This project proposes to replace the existing bridge and to construct approaches to the bridge to provide one 12 foot wide travel lanes in each direction, a 20 foot wide raised median, urban type shoulders with curb and gutter and 5 foot wide concrete sidewalks on both sides of the roadway but that shouldn’t affect the restaurant except for minor traffic delays. A date hasn’t been set yet for when construction will begin.

The Blue Cat Lodge signs are all removed from the Lake Allatoona Restaurant used in the filming of Netflix’s Ozark series.


J.D.’s on the Lake is finalizing their logo, but you will see it up soon enough, now that the Blue Cat Lodge is just a memory since it was written out of the show. On some Facebook comments, there was also mention of live music, which will add to the ambiance.

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This Blue Cat Lodge picture was captured by a Scoop reader when Jason Bateman was filming there.

Scoop OTP photo credit: Krista Skeen.