QUEENSBURY -- The Montcalm Restaurant will close its doors after one last summer season, and a shopping center will likely replace it, restaurant owners announced Monday afternoon.
The Route 9 property is in the process of being sold, and the buyer will most likely turn it into a retail shopping center, owner Dean Beckos said.
No specific closing date for the restaurant has been determined, but owners plan to operate through the summer season, and close sometime after Labor Day.
The Beckos family hasn’t ruled out reopening somewhere else, Beckos said.
“There’s a real possibility we may resurface. This came about pretty quickly,” Beckos said Monday. “I’m only 60 and my mother is only 89.”
Beckos said he wouldn’t divulge who the buyer is. The potential shopping center project would still need to go through the municipal approval process, but Beckos voiced confidence in the buyer’s proposed project.
“We’re fairly confident this is a no-brainer,” Beckos wrote.
Beckos’ parents, Josie and Gus Beckos, opened the Montcalm Restaurant in 1956, and the family has owned the business since.
The log cabin-style restaurant sits in a prominent location on Route 9 at the southern end of the Million Dollar Half Mile strip of outlet store plazas, and near Northway Exit 20, an area that’s flooded with tourists during the summer months.
In the 1970s, the Beckos family was running Montcalm North and Montcalm South, and eventually closed Montcalm North to focus on the one restaurant.
In an email to The Post-Star on Monday announcing the restaurant’s planned closure, Beckos thanked the customers who have been loyal to the restaurant over the years.
“Over the years our customers have relied on our reputation for gracious dining and exceptional service. Our love for food and our dedicated and professional staff is what has sustained that effort. We will certainly continue that tradition seven days a week, lunch and dinner, until we close,” he wrote. “It has been our honor to serve you for all these years and we extend our deepest gratitude for your long-time patronage.”