The Buffalo Head Restaurant is coming back. The Oneida County venue that has endured under that name for more than a half-century has been shuttered since last October. At that time it was announced that it was undergoing a first-ever seasonal closing. However, a local real estate agent on Tuesday confirmed that has turned into a change of ownership.
Nick Polce, owner of Gateway Properties in Remsen, had listed the 10626 North Lake Road property, located near Kayuta Lake in the Town of Forestport, for sale at an asking price of $425,000. On Tuesday, he told local media a purchase is about to be finalized by new owners who are hoping for a November reopening after some sprucing up of the interior of the restaurant, which usually is packed in winter months with snowmobilers and other outdoors enthusiasts. He declined to identify the purchasers. However, he did tell the Times Telegram newspaper, “This family is a working family and they’re going to be there diving right in. They are local business owners and they are going to work hard to bring it back to what it was.”
The restaurant has been in operation since the 1920s under a succession of names, such as Morrison’s Inn and Lockwood Inn, before becoming the Buffalo Head. It had been owned by Bill and Connie Jenkins, who abruptly closed it last fall on the eve of its busiest season and left the area. It also had been closed for a seven-month period in 1998-99 after four years of ownership by Dale Benoit. He had purchased the Buffalo Head from the Jenkinses, who resumed ownership after that closure.
Polce said the new owners already have received their liquor license, and plan to bring back much of the original menu, especially the signature prime rib, large steaks, and housemade pies that have been popular for generations. A copy of the extensive pre-closure menu is available online.