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.”

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bobnatt
bobnatt

This is so sad. We try to have at least one meal at Montcalm every trip we take to our weekend house on Lake George. Food is great and the service is terrific. The staff treats you as though you are part of their family. Please find another place to reopen....

sag
sag

I am a second-generation Montcalm customer and am deeply saddened by its impending closure. Why can't the property owners build the mall (if they are that gung-ho about building yet another mall) around the Montcalm so the family can keep operating?

The last thing that area needs needs is another mall. The traffic on Rt.9 is bad enough. Can't they think of other more creative uses for the property? It reminds me of a line from a Joni Mitchell song "they paved paradise and put up a parking lot". I do hope that the family reopens elsewhere.

nyyankee
nyyankee

Yes if it's one thing that area needs, it's more stores!!

kingsbury
kingsbury

How could you blame them? I'd sell out too, if I received an offer I couldn't refuse.

divamom1969
divamom1969

i worked there for many years and i always missed it when i left and regret leaving there ive moved on but its still so sad to see that place go the friends ive made the people ive met the boss i respected..... good luck dean with all I wish you all the best and enjoy the time off you deserve it Tammy Dunn

carnot
carnot

We've enjoyed many wonderful meals at the Montcalm, one of the few restaurants in the area offering a full dining experience. Our best wishes to the Beckos family and thank you for many years of quality dining.

something is wrong
something is wrong

Can that road and intersection handle a shopping center?

Wishinguwell4
Wishinguwell4

the feeling that I had when I found out they closed last year I cannot describe. I recently got married to an old flame of mine my one true love and I wanted to bring him to the restaurant the September when we went to stay in Bolton landing because he has never been there. the servers were so nice we always asked for the same one we were always treated with respect and the food was always outstanding we will be missing you and I really hope that you guys reopen please Lake George will never be the same

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