Buffalo Head in Observer Dispatch


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  • The future of the Buffalo Head is looking bleak. The decades-old restaurant, famously named for the stuffed bison head immigrant loggers used to identify it during train stops in the 1920s, is for sale with no plans of reopening.
  • Tina Russell / Observer-Dispatch   Buffalo Head Restaurant in Forestport closed its doors.Tina Russell / Observer-Dispatch |

    Tina Russell / Observer-Dispatch Buffalo Head Restaurant in Forestport closed its doors. This photo was taken on Tuesday, March 31, 2015. |

  • FOR SALE: The Buffalo Head

    Where: 10626 N Lake Road, Forestport
    Interested in purchasing: Contact Gateway Properties of Upstate New York Inc., 10202 Joslyn Road,
    Remsen, or call 831-8778.

    • Posted Apr 11, 2015 at 5:00 AM
      Updated Apr 11, 2015 at 3:04 PM

      FORESTPORT

      The future of the Buffalo Head is looking bleak.

      The decades-old restaurant, famously named for the stuffed bison head immigrant loggers used to identify it during train stops in the 1920s, is for sale with no plans of reopening.

      The restaurant abruptly closed late last fall, leaving roughly 40 employees without work heading into the holiday season.

      While it initially sounded as if the establishment would reopen in the spring, it remains shuttered and is being listed with Gateway Properties of Remsen for $425,000.

      Nick Polce, owner of Gateway Properties, said the establishment is in the foreclosure process after former owners Bill and Connie Jenkins turned over the keys to the property to Adirondack Bank and left the area.

      The Jenkinses could not be reached for comment.

      “It was for personal reasons … but they are doing everything they can to help and to move the process along,” Polce said. “The bank is very motivated to sell. They don’t want it to sit around.”

      Polce said there has been a lot of interest in the restaurant, which will retain the Buffalo Head name as part of the sale, but nothing concrete has happened yet.

      It’s not the first time the iconic restaurant, which in the years prior to 1962 operated under the names Morrison’s Inn and Lockwood Inn, was forced to close.

      The Buffalo Head previously was closed from November 1998 to May 1999 after a four-year stint of being owned by Dale Benoit. The Jenkinses had sold the restaurant to Benoit when they moved to Cape Cod, but moved back to the area to take it over again after that closure.

      “It wasn’t our first choice to have to come back and take the restaurant again … (but) we have so many close friends here,” Bill Jenkins told the Observer-Dispatch at the time.

      Forestport Supervisor Parker Snead remembers his early visits to the Buffalo Head tagging along with his grandfather on their way to camp.

      He said the restaurant’s value to the town is immeasurable.

      “It’s really sad,” the 67-year-old said. “The last thing we want to do is lose that traffic it brings in and the jobs it supplies — not to mention the negative impact it will have on the other businesses in the area.

      “I just hope someone will recognize the tremendous amount of draw this place has,” Snead said. “We’d love to have it up and running again as soon as possible.”

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