NORTH CREEK - The opening of a new restaurant has North Creek buzzing with anticipation.
The establishment formerly known as Kelly O's - and before that, Casey's North - is taking on a new persona as Durant's, under the ownership of Kip MacDonald and Marion Eagan, co-owners of the Black Mountain Inn on Route 8 in Johnsburg.
There is ample reason to be excited about the opening of Durant's; Black Mountain is somewhat of a phenomenon in Johnsburg, and its patrons hope that MacDonald and Eagan will work their magic on the new restaurant.
While business partnerships can be rocky, MacDonald and Eagan work remarkably well together. They have known each other for nearly their entire lives, and have been in business together since 1997, when fate brought the pair together at a restaurant called Brighton Station in Bennington, VT.
MacDonald had a general contracting and engineering business at the time, and owned the building, while Eagan ran the restaurant. Both were passionate about the restaurant business and had ties with the Adirondack area, so it was only natural to consider opening a restaurant in the Adirondacks.
Having been interested in the Black Mountain Motel for some time, they waited for the right moment to make the investment, and in July of 2005 the restaurant/inn was given a major makeover and reopened. The new and improved Black Mountain proved a big hit from the very beginning, thanks to a combination of friendly staff, efficient service, artistic d cor and, of course, an original menu boasting an array of delicious delectables.
With one Adirondack success story under their belts, MacDonald and Eagan set their sights on Durant's. As with the Black Mountain, the pair kept a keen watch on Durant's to find the best time to make their move.
"We watched the place for over a year, and when it got to the point where the price was feasible - when we could make it profitable - that's when we decided to go," Eagan said.