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Old Address: 138 Broadway
Other names: Gladd Cottage, Bob's, Earl's Village Tavern, Foote Rest Cafe, Red Cross, Peace of Mind and Aquarius Graphics, Eat 'n' Meet
Year built: Before 1899 (Sanborn Maps)
Other information: The 1899, 1903 and 1908 Sanborn map shows it as a grocery store. The 1916, 1924 and 1931 Sanborns show it as a drug store. In 1948 it was Bob's Bar, operated by Robert E. Gladd and Noreen M. Gladd. From 1950 to 1969, it was Earl's Tavern, operated by Earl Catillaz.
A liquor license was granted to Bob Gladd for an establishment named Bob's, on October 8, 1948. (Adirondack Daily Enterprise). Mr. and Mrs. Earl Catilaz and daughter Sharon were living at this address in 1952. On September 24, 1956, Earl Catilaz was granted a liquor license for an establishment named Earl's Village Tavern.
Adirondack Daily Enterprise, October22, 1992
Foote Rest Cafe holds grand opening Saturday
By MATTHEW RUSSELL
Enterprise Staff Writer
SARANAC LAKE — The opening of Don Foote's new cafe on Upper Broadway here is helping restore commercial vitality to a long-neglected neighborhood. Upper Broadway from the traffic light at Bloomingdale Avenue to the light at Ampersand Avenue was once a bustling commercial and residential district. But with the loss of three large hotels at the Bloomingdale Avenue intersection years ago, the Upper Broadway neighborhood entered a period of decline.
In an effort to upgrade the district's appearance, community planners targeted the neighborhood for federal Housing and Urban Development (HUD) grants. The money is intended to match the owner's investment in a building's repair and rehabilitation. Foote spotted the potential of the red-painted 138 Broadway building and bought it three years ago.
Working closely with HUD coordinator Ken Appell at the village's Community Development Office, Foote began a lengthy and costly rehabilitation project. His plan: to turn the storefront into a small cafe and fix up the apartment units upstairs. Last week he opened the Foote Rest Cafe, offering coffee and cappuccino in addition to a menu of a la carte entrees and specials. A grand opening is slated for Saturday.
The Foote Rest is intended to meet a demand for an "after hours" restaurant in Saranac Lake. Short on eateries, the village needed a place where people could go after most restaurants have closed up for the night, Foote said. The Foote Rest is catering especially to those folks who get an urge to munch after a movie or a night out on the town. The cafe opens at 3 p.m. and stays open until midnight every night but Sunday.
"I wanted it to be a comfortable place with a home-like atmosphere — a place where people wouldn't feel rushed," Foote said Wednesday, adding "It's really catching on."
A longtime area resident, Foote has cooked in many local restaurants. He said he'd gotten the idea for the Foote Rest Cafe a few years ago, and during the rehabilitation project he steered the decor of the business toward that of a reading-room-style cafe like those found on the West Coast. One wall is lined with bookshelves, inviting the diner to pick out a book to flip through over coffee or a snack. There are a few glass-covered tables inside, but five bench-tables out on the sidewalk add to the capacity. Next summer, Foote said, he plans to build a deck onto the cafe with even more tables outside. Colorfully painted inside and out, Foote's building was nearly unsalvageable when he bought it.
Built on French Hill's ledge rock, the building's drainage system had been neglected, leading to serious damage to the structure. Pipes had burst and the electrical system was shot, so Foote employed local trades and craftspeople to fix up the building. And although he spent a great deal of his own savings on the project, Foote said that had it not been for the help of the HUD grants, the extensive rehabilitation would not have been possible.
"It's a great program. It's very worthwhile to save the old downtown buildings," Foote said, noting that two neighboring buildings across the street have been handsomely made over, greatly improving the look of Upper Broadway.
Foote invited the public to attend the cafe's grand opening 3 p.m. Saturday, after the high school football game.
Kevin Templin, left, and Michael Keaney, owners of Peace of Mind and Aquarius Graphics, along with store mascots, Skunky and Tinkerbell, stand in front of their new location at 138 Broadway in Saranac Lake where Angelo's Pizzeria used to be. The store carries locally handmade clothing and apparel, tapestries, jewelry, smoking accessories stickers, candles, incense, art and Adirondack frames and. furniture made by John Perry. Keaney, with 10 years experience, does" graphic design and custom screen printing services on most clothing and apparel. Gift certificates are available and local artists display merchandise on consignment, Next spring, they plan to re-open the mini-golf course. Hours are generally noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and Sunday by chance.