SARANAC LAKE — The Belvedere Restaurant — which has been owned and operated by the Cavallo Family for nearly 90 years — has transitioned to new ownership.

Chrissie Wais and John Levy have taken the helm at the historic business. The ownership transition marks a new chapter for the Belvedere, which originally served as a boarding house before the restaurant opened in 1933.

To commemorate the occasion, the new owners, the Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, the Adirondack North Country Association and the Center for Businesses in Transition are inviting the community to a ribbon cutting ceremony and “Business After Hours” event today from 5 to 7 p.m. at the restaurant.

“I know this community really well. I’ve lived here and worked in hospitality since 2002. Front of the house, back of the house, opening previous restaurants as both an owner and chef, and then starting a food and beverage consulting business,” said Levy.

Even though the current economic environment with high inflation was not in his original projections, Levy said “the timing was right to do something like this.” Levy has made updates to the restaurant’s offerings, added a new point of sale system and additional staff.

Read the full story in the Adirondack Daily Enterprise.