OSWEGO TOWN, NY – Old Man Winter conspired with Mother Nature to thwart the arrival of “Spring.” This year, however, they failed.
In 2017, a winter state of emergency delayed the opening of Rudy’s by one day.
This year, dozens of hungry patrons shrugged off the snow, ice and wind to welcome the iconic restaurant back for another season on Wednesday.
Doug Appleman has been a member of the Rudy’s family for more than 22 years.
“We’re looking for another great year,” he said. “We’re always excited for opening day, to welcome back people we haven’t seen all winter.”
Local residents know that Spring really returns as soon as the historic little restaurant nestled on the shore of Lake Ontario at The Loop, throws open its doors.
The iconic eatery is celebrating its 72nd season. It’s being open by the third generation of the same family.
Shortly after 10 a.m., several orders had been placed. By 11 a.m., close to two dozen patrons had already been served.
“The food tastes good now; it’ll tastes even better when you can sit outside and enjoy the summer,” said one of the first customers to arrive Debbie Gilmore.
Any lines at the counter didn’t last long as patrons, hungry to shake off the winter doldrums with some summer fare, placed their orders of French fries, fish, Texas hots and other items.
The counter staff shouted the orders back to the cooks, who unfailingly memorized the orders and cooked each to perfection within minutes.
After the initial rush, there was a brief lull until the lunch crowd braved the cold weather.
Rudy’s was opened in 1946 by Marie and Rudy Gadziala. It began as an open-air stand, later expanding and adding indoor seating.
Rudy’s second cousin, Brad Livesey with his wife, Carol (current manager Jason’s parents), bought the restaurant when Gadziala died in 1976.
For more information, visit http://rudyshot.com/ or visit them on Facebook.