By CARLA KOLBE
For The Recorder
MAYFIELD -- Third generation restaurateurs, the Lanzi family, will today open their third restaurant on the Great Sacandaga Lake.
The Lakeside Tavern and Marina, located at 306 Woods Hollow Road, will open its doors at 11:30 a.m., unveiling the freshly renovated establishment.
In 1922, Luigi Lanzi opened a restaurant, called Lanzi's, on Amsterdam's South Side back in the days of prohibition. His son, Lorenzo, after learning the business from his father, then opened Lorenzo's on Amsterdam's Union Street in 1956. Lorenzo and his wife Antoinette had nine children, four girls and five boys. The boys; Lou, Larry, Joe, Anthony and Chris have continued as the third generation in the restaurant business.
For a span beginning in 1978, the Lanzi boys ran The Annex, a pub on Union Street close to their father's existing restaurant.
The Lanzi s now own and operate Lanzi's on the Lake in Mayfield, which opened in 1993, Sport Island Pub in Northville (1997), Partner's Pub in Johnstown (2009) and as of today, the Lakeside Tavern and Marina in the town of Mayfield. The Union Street operations both ceased operation in Amsterdam by 1997.
Following suit with family tradition, the Lanzi standard of quality homemade fare and a distinguished atmosphere will be found at the new Lakeside Tavern, Lou Lanzi said Tuesday.
"This is going to be a great gathering place," he said. "People can stop in for a something to eat, they can have some good food and drink, and look out over the lake and marina."
Indoor seating, and hightop tables allow patrons lake views, as well as the alfresco dining on the patio. The entire establishment was refurbished, a new kitchen was set in place, and a fresh new image is projected from the first step inside.
Aside from the 25 seat custom cherry bar with intricate inlay woodwork, created by local artist Bill Coffee, and the seven flat screen televisions boasting with a variety of sporting events, the establishment hosts a 50 boat slip marina with courtesy docks for lake customers.
The restaurant fare will include a pub menu with burgers, sandwiches, salads, wings and appetizers. Homemade desserts and daily specials will be announced. The Lanzis look forward to having live musical entertainment some afternoons on the deck.
As in all the Lanzi restaurants, the owners themselves will be present to oversee the operation and personally welcome patrons. Expect to see at least two of the brothers, Louie and Joe on premises. Fourth generation Lanzi restaurateurs are also working at all sites, contributing to the family business.
The Lakeside Tavern and Marina will be open daily at 11:30 a.m. for lunch and dinner, and will remain opened year round. Call the tavern at (518) 883-LAKE for further information and details.