Monday, April 17, 2017

Fire engulfs Oneonta's iconic Christophers restaurant-lodge

Christophers before the fire (photo provided)
Smoldering ruins (photo by (Ian Austin for
The owners of Christophers, a longtime restaurant and lodge operation on Oneonta's Southside just off I-88, are taking stock of what to do next after a Saturday fire that apparently began in the dining area caused widespread damage to the facility.

At least one firefighter quoted by local media didn't take long to make an assessment, saying “It no longer exists. It’s been completely destroyed.”

The fire was so widespread that 15 fire companies provided mututal aid to Oneonta firefighters. Because there are no hydrants in the Southside area, water was drawn from the Susquehanna River and the creek behind the restaurant.

Christophers, owned by Marty and Brenda Patton, has been a local fixture for more than  a half-century at 716 State Highway 28. Among its attractions where Adirondack-style rooms for lodgers and a steak-centric restaurant menu.

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