GLEN SPEY, NY — Folks have eagerly awaited the reopening of a Mohican Lake eatery that has been vacant for too long. They came in droves on the first day of business of the new Lorenzo’s …
GLEN SPEY, NY — Folks have eagerly awaited the reopening of a Mohican Lake eatery that has been vacant for too long. They came in droves on the first day of business of the new Lorenzo’s on the Lake, located at 367 Mohican Lake Rd.
Each patron was greeted personally by the proprietor, Lorenzo Dellorusso of Yulan, NY. Having recently relocated to the area from Connecticut, when he saw the vacant restaurant in Glen Spey, Dellorusso recognized the potential that existed there to serve the community. “People deserve to eat good food,” he said.
Growing up in a family in which cooking and dining together was of paramount importance, he is realizing his dream. And as he gazed at table after table of happy customers and groups of socially distanced patrons congregating at the bar, his face was all smiles, even behind his mask.
Asked “why here, why now?” regarding opening a restaurant, he said that as people emerge from their COVID-cocoons, it is the ideal time to launch the business.
The restaurant will be open from 2 to 9 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, with an opening time of 3 p.m. on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. The menu currently consists of various appetizers, pizzas, calzones, salads and burgers, along with a myriad of pastries and other goodies. A liquor license has been applied for and receipt is pending. Dellorusso said that when warmer weather comes, he intends to utilize the spacious grounds outside to host food festivals and other events to cater to his patrons, as well as have them enjoy the view of the lake, and also expand his menu.
The first-day patronage was a joyous mix of long-time locals and second homeowners. Two satisfied customers were Tom and Barbara Esposito of Farmingdale, LI, who have a home on nearby Lake DeVenoge. Self-described as knowing a thing or two about pizza, they declared their “Grandma Rosa” pizza to be very good.
A nearby table was taken by a group whose conversation ceased when they were presented with delectable platters of burgers, heaped high with fries. They munched away with contented looks on their faces.
On the other side of the restaurant, a table was occupied by locals from Glen Spey, including the town supervisor, highway superintendent and town justice and their families. They expressed pleasure at the opening of the new eatery in their town and looked as comfortable there as the group that assembled in “Cheers” of television-fame.
After their group’s dining experience, supervisor Jennie Mellan said, “It’s exciting to be have been here for the opening of a new restaurant in the Town of Lumberland. The food was good, and with its family-friendly atmosphere and menu, I’m sure it will be a success.”
Indeed, Lorenzo’s feels like it will be a place where friends will congregate and where “everybody knows your name.”