“When they first approached us, we thought it would be way too much,” Jerry said.
He said the brothers have been amazingly helpful as they prepared to open, right up through some finishing touches, such as flower boxes.
“They are very big community people. They like the idea of a diner being open in town,” Jerry said.
It helps that Guma’s has developed a loyal following at the original location. That includes many who traveled from the Chazy area.
“We would never have considered doing this if we didn’t have the support of the community,” Jerry said. “So many people have already told us they are happy we are coming.”
FORMER PIZZA SHOP
It helped that the restaurant was available fully equipped. The former pizza shop was previously converted to a prep kitchen, separate from the main kitchen, with a large convection oven and plenty of cooler space.
“We have a lot more cooking space than we have at our other place,” Jerry said.
The original Guma’s Restaurant was started by Jerry and his mother, Carolyn Deno, in 1996. It is located on Route 22 in West Chazy on a portion of the dairy farm that Carolyn and her late husband, George, owned for more than 50 years.
Carolyn’s grandchildren call her Guma — that’s where the restaurant’s name came from.
Jerry said Guma is still working and shows no signs of slowing down.
“I know she was kind of excited about it,” Lisa said of the new restaurant.
The Denos acquired the Udder Delight Dairy Shop in the hamlet of Beekmantown in 2012.
Guma’s East is open from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 7 a.m to noon on Sundays. It is closed on Mondays.
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