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Philmont's newest restaurant, Local 111, was recently named one of the five finalists in the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce's Annual Crystal Apple Awards. The Crystal Apple Award is given to a business that has made an "extraordinary contribution to economic progress, community improvement, and the quality of life in Columbia County."
Local 111 was also recently named one of the Ten Best New Restaurants in Hudson Valley Magazine.
Linda Gatter and Max Dannis purchased the service station at 111 Main Street from Red Schermerhorn in 2004. No one would ever have walked into Red's and envisioned a restaurant, but Linda's architectural background and Max's self-taught handy-man abilities paved the way for an adaptive use of an existing building in the village. The building maintains its look of an auto garage with overhead doors in the front and a cement floor inside featuring radiant heat.
Max and Linda, with their daughter Alexa, have made a full commitment to the success of the village. Besides Local 111, the couple purchased the home of the late Christine Kissel and her husband Howard Kissel and plan to do a renovation that is true to the beautiful architecture of their turn-of-the-century Maple Avenue home. Max and Linda hope to be Philmont residents in the near future, and Max is already a member of the Philmont Fire Department.
Lots of moving parts go into a successful restaurant, but perhaps the most important was the hiring of a chef. Linda and Max had no prior restaurant experience, but they set out to hire a top-notch chef to run the kitchen. Chef David Wurth, from Savoy NYC and a descendant of the Alice Waters School, joined the Local 111 team with an emphasis on using locally sourced food whenever possible and keeping the food simple and letting the ingredients shine.
Diners travel from all over the Berkshires, Hudson, and New York City to experience Local 111, but Max and Linda's greatest satisfaction comes from seeing people in the village walking to the restaurant. "There has been a lot of press about the restaurant that would indicate that our restaurant is too expensive, or isn't designed for locals" says Gatter. "We have many residents of the village as regular diners and we offer several menu items under $10."
Local 111 is open for dinner from 5-9pm on Wednesdays, Thursday, and Sunday and 5-9:30pm on Friday and Saturday nights. The restaurant is also open for breakfast in the morning Wednesday thru Sunday, serving egg sandwiches, homemade scones and pastries, fresh-squeezed juices and local coffee and teas.
To find out more about Local 111, you can check out their new website at local111.com. Contact Local 111 Linda Gatter and Max Dannis, Proprietors
111 Main Street, Philmont NY 12565
PHONE: (518) 672-7801
FAX: (518) 672-7803