Friday, December 7, 2012

End of the line nears for Lipperas' Chatham House

Decorated for the holidays.
CHATAM -- Time is running out if you want to experience Lipperas' Chatham House, for the first time or for old times' sake.

Owners of The Boathouse restaurant in Lakeville, CT, will extend their reach by taking over the Columbia County venue after the holidays. The November 7 death of co-owner Guido (Butch) Lippera was a catalyst for widow Monica Lippera's and the family's decision to get out of the business.

The Chatham House will be serving lunch and dinner Wednesdays through Saturdays as well as booking holiday parties, Christmas Eve dinner and New Year's Eve Buffet. After that, the restaurant will be closed, reopening in February or early March as a new operation with a new menu.

At The Boathouse, the emphasis is on steaks, seafoods and pizzas. No surprise on the latter. Before The Boathouse, owner Peter Stefanopoulos developed the nearby Four Brothers Pizza Inn. It is expected that the new incarnation of Chatham House will have a similar menu.

Butch Lippera, who was born and educated in Hudson, opened the original Pizza Den in 1964 at 25 Hudson Avenue in Chatham. It eventually became the Italian Delight in Ghent. In 1987, he operated Lippera’s Pre-Owned Autos and Jensen’s Tire and Oil until 2001, when he decided to re-enter the restaurant business.

In 2002, he opened Lippera’s Restaurant, while next door he restored The Chatham House, a historic place of business for more than 150 years.

When renovations were completed in 2005, Lippera's Restaurant moved into its current location, the names were blended and a chapter in dining began.

The Chatham House is located at 29 Hudson Avenue, just off the Taconic Parkway. Phone: 392-6600.

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