Coming to an end

Owner closes Good Times restaurant

Planned sale of eatery overlooking Ballston Lake fell through

Friday, April 19, 2013
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Coming to an end

Owner Desiree Kalleigh stands outside the Good Times restaurant in 2009.
Owner Desiree Kalleigh stands outside the Good Times restaurant in 2009.

— The Good Times Lakeview Restaurant on Ballston Lake, in operation for 40 years, was closed by its longtime owner on Friday.

“I’m not the owner anymore,” said Desiree Kelleigh, who had owned the restaurant with her husband, Hugh, for the past 25 years. Her parents, Donald and Gloria Favini, owned it before that.

Kelleigh said she planned to sell the restaurant at 175 Lake Hill Road overlooking Ballston Lake in March but things didn’t work out.

“I didn’t happen. I don’t know why,” Kelleigh said during a telephone interview on Friday.

Kelleigh said she has had to devote income from the landmark restaurant to medical bills incurred by her ailing husband. Hugh Kelleigh was diagnosed at age 38 with Alzheimer’s disease and has since developed multiple sclerosis. He is now 49 and paralyzed and bedridden in a nursing home.

Earlier in the week, Kelleigh’s daughter, Courtney, 22, ran in the Boston Marathon and finished Monday’s race just as the second bomb exploded. She was not injured.

She had dedicated her race, the second marathon she completed for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, to her father.

Desiree Kelleigh was in Boston to watch her daughter race and for more than two hours couldn’t locate her after the race because of the confusion caused by the deadly explosions.

She said the tension caused by the search for her daughter in Boston, the financial problems with the family restaurant, and a new job she has with Apollo Heating and Cooling in Schenectady have become too much for her.

Kelleigh said the $52,600 in back taxes covering the years 2010-13 on the property were paid earlier in the week. She said a group of business people, including attorney James T. Towne Jr. of Burnt Hills and Robert Nemer of Diamond Point, are still apparently planning to purchase the property.

“It’s in the lawyers’ hands,” Kelleigh said.

Closing the Good Times Lakeview Restaurant until further notice was a very emotional thing for her. “I spent 40 years of my life here,” she said, referring to the time she worked at the restaurant when her parents owned it and when she and her husband owned it. She said the medical bills and business debts have mounted and she plans to file for bankruptcy.

Ballston Town Supervisor Patti Southworth said, “We feel for her. She’s an extremely nice lady.”

The restaurant property includes a public boat launch, which is currently closed.

Last November the restaurant was on the county’s list of foreclosures for unpaid property taxes dating back to 2010.

However, at the same time the sale to a group of business people was pending and Desiree Kelleigh was optimistic the sale would occur. She said at that time that business at the restaurant remained excellent.

The Kelleighs have two children: marathon runner Courtney, who is finishing a pre-med degree at Johns Hopkins University, and Hugh, 20, who is attending Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. The children both worked at the restaurant but were not interested in taking over the business, Desiree Kelleigh said.

Desiree Kelleigh also does instructional training for the Northway Church in Clifton Park. She runs the women’s recovery program for the church called “Celebrate Recovery.” The program meets at 7 p.m. Mondays at the church.

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April 20, 2013
6:34 a.m.
skeetergirl says...

I remember going there in the 70's during the races on the lake. Packed all the time. I'm sorry she has to go through early onset Alzheimer's disease with her husband. I knew her parents also. You just never know what people are going through in their lives. This disease is a terrible thing for the entire family and I hope you all have family support to make it through.

April 21, 2013
12:24 p.m.
ajdjr73 says...

many families have had to deal with caring for relatives with Alzheimers disease and other types of dementia. Many thousands do so and have no family or community support whatsoever. By today's standards ,which are notably low, I had one of the best eldercare insurance benefits for the purpose of caring for elderly parents and it didn't help. Since that experience several years ago, insurance coverage, services and benefits have eroded for families dealing with caring for a sick member and this is just another example of a family facing financial ruin because of healthcare. Yet, our Congress tried 35 times so far to repeal Obamacare. They are truly disconnected from reality, more than the patients they harm with their political shenanigans. If you are reading this now, your representatives in Washington D.C. are maneuvering to take healthcare benefits away from you and your family even if you believe, like so many before you, that you are "covered". That's the big joke on us. So many of us believe we are "covered". Only, to find out later, we've been sold a pig in a poke.

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