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Schroon restaurant gets new management

Drake’s now open

Drake’s Restaurant in Schroon Lake has new management. Carl DeSantis and his wife, Debra, have taken over the long-time eatery.

Drake’s Restaurant in Schroon Lake has new management. Carl DeSantis and his wife, Debra, have taken over the long-time eatery. Photo by Nancy Frasier.

— Drake’s Restaurant in Schroon Lake has new management.

Carl and Debra DeSantis have taken over the long-time eatery at 1299 Route 9. They plans few changes.

“It’s been a wonderful restaurant for such a long time, it’s reputation still stands as a reputable fine dining establishment,” Carl DeSantis said.

“There have been no significant changes to the building except for lots of elbow grease, some fresh paint, etc.,” he added. “I like the theme of the interior and the decorations. “

The menu will change.

“We will continue to offer prime rib and fresh lobster along with fresh seafood including scallops, shrimp, salmon and snow crab cluster,” DeSantis said. “In addition we will offer bone in pork chop, New York sirloin steak, filet mignon, top sirloin, etc. Our menu will include Italian specialties, other standards such as roast turkey, london broil, stuffed sole, stuffed chicken, etc. Our desserts will all be made fresh, in house. We will also be offering an early bird menu from 4 til 6 p.m. which features many of our popular dishes with smaller portions at lower prices.”

Drake’s is open Monday through Saturday 4 p.m. until closing and Sunday 1 p.m. until closing.

“The closing hours will change as we get closer to July and August,” DeSantis said. “Most likely closing will be 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 on Friday and Saturday, and possibly 8 on Sunday.”

The restaurant can be reached by calling 532-9040.

DeSantis brings a lot of experience to Drake’s.

“I was raised in the restaurant business,” he said. “My father opened his first restaurant, Lake George Howard Johnson's in 1953, expanded his chain to nine restaurants including the Red Coach Grill, Carl R’s Cafe, Mohawk Station in Herkimer, Seven Steers and five other Howard Johnsons. I worked for my family for many years, operated my own restaurant in Long Lake for a year, moved on to working for Old Country Buffet, a buffet chain out of Minnesota, and now here.

“I took a 13-year hiatus from the restaurant business by becoming an EDI programmer,” he added. “Then, getting the itch to get back into food service, I found this opportunity.”

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