Saturday, May 13, 2017

Refurbished Ray Brook icon reopening under new owner

The new owner of the iconic Adirondacks eatery Tail O' the Pup will debut his extensively renovated venue on Sunday, Mother's Day.

Rich Donovan, a recently-retired New Jersey businessman who has a second home in the area, purchased the 90-year-old landmark restaurant, known primarily for its lobster clambakes and barbecues, from Eddie Yanchitis for $500,000, according to a deed filed Wednesday in the Essex County Clerk’s office. Donovan is partnering with Heather Moynihan of Saranac Lake, a veteran of 18 years in the business.

They have retained the services of chef Mark McCabe, and will be offering essentially the same menu as was available under the previous owner. However, they plan to try out additional dishes.

The business was founded in 1927 by Cal Howard as a seasonal roadside stand. He also operated the property’s rental cabins, known then as Evergreen Camps, which still are part of the business. Yanchitis bought it from Howard in 1989.

Donovan’s crews began cleaning, renovating and remodeling parts of the restaurant and the 13 rental cabins even before the purchase was finalized. He told the Adirondack Daily Enterprise, "What we decided to do was start fresh. We took out the floors. Every appliance, every table, every soda line, every beer line, the prep kitchen, a secondary kitchen -- everything in here that touches food has been removed and cleaned and scraped or is new and has been inspected by the Department of Health. Heather’s gone through every cabin with a crew of four or six girls and scrubbed the floorboards, carpets, pulled bathroom floors up and replaced them. We want clean facilities, good food, cold drinks and a great time.”

Tail O' the Pup is located on Route 86 in  Ray Brook, about midway between Lake Placid and Saranac Lake. Phone: (518) 891-0777.
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