In a surprise announcement, a long-time community staple is saying goodbye to the Four Corners in Delmar while a new owner is being welcomed to the community.
Owner Micky Blanchfield said the decision was a tough one, but he will be closing the Delmar Beff's this Sunday, June 7, for the last time. He said the Colonie Beff's on Everett Road will remain open and wished the new owner Dave Swift well.
It was hard, Blanchfield said. "I've been running two places by myself and the fact of the matter is I wasn't doing justice to either. My daughter just turned eight and she plays softball and does plays and it's just become too hard."
Blanchfield concluded that the decision was of combination of family, availability, and being able to focus on his business. The new pub will be called "Swifty's Restaurant and Pub" and is expected to open sometime in June.
Swift comes from a family that owns businesses in the North Country and Adirondacks and he has owned and still operates a business in the Speculator area in Hamilton County. He owns the Mountain Market in Lake Pleasant and formerly owned Swifty's Downtown Grill in Speculator.
"We moved down here about two and a half years ago, I live right here in Delmar," Swift said. "My wife's a nurse at Albany Med and I was doing the commute for a little while but I'm here for good now."
Swift said he discovered Beff's when he first got to area and instantly fell in love with it.
"When we moved here we actually walked off to Beff's to grab a beer and a bite to eat," Swift recalled. "I said to my wife, 'I'd love to own a place like this, it's perfect."
Swift told The Spotlight that he's going to keep a healthy beer selection and although he will have a whole new menu, there will still be traditional pub fare.