Carol said Ronnie Miner and Gladys Rock worked as waitresses at the restaurant for 48 years until they retired recently. They were the ones who taught Carol and her sisters the finer art of being a waitress.
The Stones closed the restaurant on Sept. 17, 2007, but the Finnegans, who both were raised in Keeseville, stepped in and reopened it on March 15, 2008.
“It was a perfect fit,” Pete said. “The people who lived here and loved the restaurant were the perfect choice to buy the restaurant.”
Tonia said her family visited faithfully on Wednesday nights. Mike’s parents, Jim and Carol Finnegan, even had their wedding reception there in 1955.
“I still have pictures of what it looked like then,” Mike said.
Menu items retained
They also have kept a lot of the traditional menu. The first question people asked was if they had the pizza recipe.
“We wouldn’t have bought it without it,” Mike said.
The restaurant remains a comfortable place to come relax, have a meal and visit with friends, he said.
“Everyone knows who you are.”
The North Country Club opens at 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday and at noon Friday and Saturday. Tickets for the anniversary celebration are $40 and are available at the restaurant.
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