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Ticonderoga restaurant to close

Carillon owner to retire

Owner Russ Slater and restaurant manager Tara Rocque stand in front of the Carillon Restaurant. After 24 years of serving the Ticonderoga community, the Carillon will be closing its doors at the end of the month.

Owner Russ Slater and restaurant manager Tara Rocque stand in front of the Carillon Restaurant. After 24 years of serving the Ticonderoga community, the Carillon will be closing its doors at the end of the month.

— After 24 years of serving the Ticonderoga community, the Carillon Restaurant will be closing its doors at the end of the month. 

“We’ve been here 24 years and we’re sorry to see the end,” Carillon owner Russ Slater said. “We’ll miss all our friends and customers, and guests that over the years have become our family here.” 

Slater opened the Carillon on Hague Road when he was 25 years old, a few years after moving from his home town, Brant Lake, to Schenectady and Rhode Island to work in the restaurant business. He decided to settle down in the Adirondacks where he grew up. 

“After working in so many other establishments I always wanted to run my own business and make my own decisions,” Slater said. “Up until lately I was able to do that.” 

Slater said decreased revenue due to the economic times have encouraged him to close the restaurant. 

“Sales have decreased, not a tremendous amount, but it is enough that it helps make the decision for early retirement a little easier,” Slater said. 

The eight Carillon staff members were informed Oct. 10 that they would be looking for new employment by the end of the month. 

Tara Rocque, who has managed the restaurant for the past 14 years, said the restaurant’s customers and staff have become more like a family than co-workers. 

“This isn’t just a place we come to so we can pay our bills. This news is similar to a death in the family; everyone has been extremely emotional on every front,” Rocque said tearfully. “The customers and the community as a whole have become our family and we are going to miss this place.”

The future for the Carillon site is still unclear accordingly to building owner Farley Tierney III of Ticonderoga. Tierney said it was a surprise to him when he was told Slater would be terminating his long time lease. 

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