Thursday, October 12, 2017

Iconic Saranac Lake restaurant being renovated, expanded

Workers making way for new addition. (photos provided)
Dr. Calli Shelton and Randy Coles, partners in a company called Chicota Inc., are in the process of renovating and expanding a downtown Saranac Lake landmark.

They have applied for a $198,972 grant from the state's economic development arm to help with their $2.2 million project, now in progress, that would bring back the former Dew Drop Inn building at 27 Broadway, on the Saranac River.

Their plans include a restaurant and bar, a cooking school, and an event space as well as a pair of short-stay upstairs apartments in the project. To add to the ambiance, the village has plans to reroute its River Walk alongside the new restaurant’s dining patio.

The state is expected to make public in December a list of projects it will assist from among 17 requests submitted from a variety of business entities in Clinton, Essex, Hamilton, St. Lawrence, Lewis, and Jefferson counties. The Dew Drop Inn revitalization is one of four from that list named a “priority project” by the North Country Regional Economic Council, a step seen as improving its chances for state assistance.

The rear of the building along the river.

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