At about 9 a.m., the 15 or so employees of Oscar's emerged from the front door, and welcomed community leaders, who gathered behind a ceremonial ribbon.
Jerry's son Joq Quintal, the heir apparent of Oscar's, read a brief history of the enterprise's rebound, thanking the community and the politicians for their support.
Of special note were state Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward and state Sen. Betty Little, who helped arrange financing and grant funding for Oscar's new geo-thermal heating and cooling system, which is expected to save on utility costs as well as reduce the firm's environmental impact.
Joq Quintal also thanked the contractors for their work, including Mike Eddy for his interior work and Tom Beadnell for his trim and custom carpentry - and both Beadnell and Eddy, who are from Thurman, for their stonework. Quintal also praised the Warrensburg Volunteer Fire Co. for their response at the Sept. 4 fire.
A portrait of Jerry Quintal was unveiled, evoking tears from the painting's subject, the man who decades ago took over the business from his father Oscar Quintal and expanded the business's reach via the Internet and mail order. The painting was created by Mariana Gibaldi of Queensbury, daughter of the noted Adirondack guide Paul Gibaldi.
The formal ceremony concluded, and the doors to Oscar's were opened - The public then flooded the newly expanded retail store that stands in the forefront of the meat processing plant that produces specialty products for customers across the globe.
A while later, Little not only hailed the return of Oscar's but she chatted with Oscar's employees and bought a great deal of their products.
Holding packages of sausage, kielbasas and ham, Little commented on how the enterprise was a regional landmark.
"Whenever ever I say, 'I was up in Warrensburg,' they reply, "Oh yes, that's where Oscar's Smokehouse is!"