MINERVA - Changes are indeed in the works for the Lucky Leprechaun - the restaurant at the four corners in Olmstedville. The establishment has become a fixture in the community the past six years.
The owners and operators of the Lucky Leprechaun , Scott and Theresa Morrison (and their three children), will be moving to North Carolina next month to open up a new restaurant. The Morrisons will be sorely missed by Minerva and the surrounding communities.
The Lucky Leprechaun, however, will live on. Greg Mather, a 1988 Minerva Central School graduate who moved to North Carolina in 1994 (following his wedding) will be moving back to Minerva with his family to run the restaurant and live in his childhood home.
Mather describes himself as a "self-trained hobby chef" who has developed a love for cooking and a serious interest in continuing the tradition of great family dining at the Lucky Leprechaun.
The Mather family consists of Greg, his wife Lena, and four children ranging in age from three to 13. When asked about the family's desire to move back north to Minerva, Mather was positive.
"I am eager to return to my roots and my family wishes we could have been here yesterday," he said.
The Mather family has been trying to return to upstate New York for some time. Prior to the fire that destroyed the Mountain View Hotel in Minerva in 2002, Mather was hoping to put in an offer for the business.
"I wanted to come back, to provide something good for the community," he said.
The Lucky Leprechaun will be open through the Sunday before Thanksgiving under the management of the Morrisons but will then close the eatery for a short period of time.
On Thursday, Dec. 3, the restaurant will be reopening under the management of the Mathers. The name of the restaurant will remain the same as will the great tradition of excellent food. Welcome to the Mathers, the new proprietors of the Lucky Leprechaun.