Be the first to dine at new Prospect Diner

LAKE GEORGE Another page of Lake George history will be written in February, when the new Prospect Mountain Diner re-opens after a fire that destroyed it last May. The landmark diner has been a meeting place for locals and tourists since it opened in the 1960s. Not to miss an opportunity for fanfare and raising money for a good cause, Village Mayor Robert Blais came up with the idea of a lottery to determine who the first 60 customers will be. The proceeds will go to the Prospect Child and Family Center in Queensbury. Blais said there will be an elaborate ribbon cutting ceremony on the yet-to-be-determined opening day, and the 60 winners of the lottery will be seated to enjoy a champagne reception and a full course dinner with a choice of meatloaf and mashed potatoes or roast turkey with all the trimmings. Tickets to the Prospect Mountain Diner first meal are available at Nemecs in Warrensburg, Community Liquor and Wine in Bolton Landing, Marios, East Cove Restaurant and Duffys Tavern in Lake George as well as the village hall, or by calling 668-5431. The winning 60 tickets will be drawn on Wednesday, Jan. 23 at the East Cove Restaurant at 7 p.m. Winners do not have to be present to win, but will be mailed a ticket with the opening date admitting them to the celebration. The classic 1950's diner was constructed in Atlanta, Ga., by the Diner-Mate company and seats 60 patrons at a counter and in booths. Lottery winners will receive an exact seat assignment at the drawing.

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