Saratoga County

Fish Creek Marina restaurant in need of a tenant

The restaurant at Fish Creek Marina probably won’t be open this summer, but boaters will still be ab
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The restaurant at Fish Creek Marina probably won’t be open this summer, but boaters will still be able to launch onto peaceful Fish Creek.

Beau Stallard, who owns the six acres off County Route 67 encompassing the restaurant, waterfront and campground, said Thursday he’s looking for a casual dining tenant to operate the restaurant since the fine dining establishment Chameleon on the Lake left last fall.

But he’s not in a huge hurry to fill the space, which the former restaurant had since 2004, Stallard said. On Thursday, he worked on putting a new roof on the building and said he already did some work inside the 4,000-square-foot establishment, gutting the dining room and raising the ceiling.

“We’re trying to make it a little different,” he said.

The restaurant also has a pavilion for outdoor dining, and Stallard hopes to attract a casual dining eatery where kayakers and canoeists can drop by after spending time on the creek.

“It doesn’t get any lower key than here,” he said of his property’s location off Route 29 across Fish Creek from the Skidmore Boat House. “You should have fine dining in town, not here.”

Stallard used to run the Mexican restaurant El Sol at the property but said he’s not eager to go back into the restaurant business himself. “A lot of people want us to do that again, but it’s too much work.”

He said regardless of what happens with the restaurant, the Kayak Shak on the property will be open starting Memorial Day to rent out kayaks and canoes.

And the boat launch will be open to the public once again for $5 a car, so people can rent kayaks or bring their own.

The launch is a popular spot for kayakers seeking to head north on Fish Creek, including those involved with the Adirondack Mountain Club, he said.

“We do team-building games on the water too,” Stallard said. “I think a lot of people know it.”

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