Open for Business: Turf Tavern

Jerry Gretzinger & WNYT Staff
Updated: June 12, 2020 05:40 PM
Created: June 12, 2020 05:01 PM

SCOTIA - St. Patrick's Day is typically a big day for some restaurants like Turf Tavern in Scotia. However, it was also their last day before closing up shop due to the pandemic.

Within a month, they had regrouped and made some changes regarding food and drink, but also song and dance. It was all helping them stay open for business.


The first thing Tom Gallant did to build Turf Tavern's new takeout business was to base it on their catering menu. It included specialties like prime rib, filet mignon, and shrimp Nicole.

It worked so well that on Mother's Day, they sold nearly a hundred more meals than they used to serve in the dining room. Despite that, they're still not doing the numbers they would do if the inside was open.

At just 30-percent of normal staffing, Gallant is doing what he can to keep things fresh and exciting for customers.

He's also creating samples of new recipes and sending them home with customers for feedback.

If you're looking for entertainment, the canceled Freedom Park concerts are moving into his banquet space. You will be able to enjoy them online and maybe even in person!

There's also a date night special.

Learn more about what comes with that by watching the video of Jerry Gretzinger's story.


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