LAKE GEORGE, N.Y. - Dozens of people showed up for a chance to take a piece of the Montcalm Restaurant in Lake George home on Thursday as the restaurant auctions off their items after nearly five decades in business.
The Route 9 establishment is getting rid of everything in an auction handled by Gokey's Auction Service beginning at 10 a.m. Items include everything inside the restaurant including equipment, vintage art pieces, restaurant chairs and tables, and even the cocktail bar.
Buyers said they wanted to grab a piece of Lake George history while they still had a chance.
"People came here to have wedding rehearsal dinners, graduation dinners, Mother's Day, Easter," said Art Wexler, a former Montcalm Parking Valet. "This was a big important part of the area and it is gonna be sad to see it go."
The log cabin restaurant has been open since 1956 and has now been sold by its owners to be demolished and replaced by a new shopping center. It is set to close some time after Labor Day. The family who owns the restaurant has expressed interest in opening a smaller version of Montcalm in the future.
Check out a list of the items to be auctioned here: http://www.gokeysauctions.com/auction1.html