New Owners for Diamond Point Grille
By Anthony F. Hall
Friday, July 15, 2016
There can’t be much that Jesse Foy doesn’t know about restaurants. He’s cooked, waited, hosted and tended bar. He’s managed restaurants in New York and Bolton Landing. His three small sons took their first steps in Cate’s Italian Garden, their grandparents’ restaurant and their father’s workplace for the past fifteen years.
Now Jesse and his family have a restaurant to call their own. He and his wife Jessica have just purchased the Diamond Point Grille, which they will operate together and which is now open six days a week.
After working with his parents for so many years, “it was time to spread my wings, to do my own thing,” said Jesse.
But, he adds, “I learned from the best. Every year I worked at Cate’s, I took on more responsibilities. I’m grateful to my Mom and Dad.”
Among the things he learned from Cate and Buddy Foy, Jesse said, “is to treat your restaurant like your home, and because you hardly ever have the time to entertain in your own home, to treat every customer as your guest. Jessica and I want to create an atmosphere like that here in our own restaurant.”
Peg and Mark Turner purchased the restaurant building in 2004, renamed and rebranded it the Diamond Point Grille and were soon attracting locals and tourists alike with their nightly specials, home style cooking and well-crafted cocktails.
“Mark and Peg built a successful business here and developed a great clientele, which we hope we’ll keep. Their menu was classic American: steaks, burgers, chicken pot pie, prime rib. We’ll stick with that. Once we get our feet wet, we’ll tweak the menu and step things up a notch,” said Foy.
He’s hired Ray Baehm, a chef with thirty five years experience in Florida and te Adirondacks (including a stint at Buddy Foy’s old restaurant, E.P. Foy’s) to help in the kitchen.
Jessica Foy, a Bolton Central School teacher who’s completing a Master’s Degree at SUNY Plattsburgh on top of raising three boys, will manage the front end, time permitting.
More local residents will be found tending bar and waiting tables, contributing to the atmosphere of a neighborhood pub or bistro.
And for the moment, at least, Jesse and Jessica will be happy with that.
“This feels right for us; it’s the right scale, a restaurant that can be operated by six people,” said Jesse.
Active in the community, having both grown up on Lake George and having graduated from local high schools, the couple can expect ample local support.
But given their skills, don’t be surprised if a local favorite quickly becomes a destination, with crowds lining the parking lot waiting for a table.
You can avoid the crowds by trying the Diamond Pointe Grille now. It’s open every evening except Monday and is located at 3721 Lakeshore Drive, Diamond Point. Call 668-4800 for reservations.
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