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.
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."