CAPITAL DISTRICT Beff’s restaurant, a longstanding Capital District eatery, will take over concession duties at the Town of Colonie Golf Course after the Town Board awarded its owners the bid at the Thursday, April 19, meeting.
Just two weeks ago, the town evicted the owners of Chip Shots, then-concession vendor at the golf course for six years. Though town officials and owner Gene DeGeorge are vague in what lead to the eviction, citing a probably lawsuit over the dispute, Town Attorney Mike Magguilli said last week, “It’s not something the town takes lightly, and we’ve been trying to address this issue with the operator for over four years.”
Golf course manager Noel Gebauer took the reins on finding a replacement concession vendor and on Thursday thanked the Town Board for helping to make that process so speedy.
“As I had canvassed our outings and leagues over the last couple weeks informing them they’d be having a new concession coming on board, there was excitement but also apprehension as to the timing of when this was going to happen. They don’t like to be thrown out of their routines,” said Gebauer.
Gebauer said he reached out to various restaurant owners who he thought would fit the bill but Beff’s owner Mickey Blanchfield hovered at the top of the list because of an experience from Gebauer’s time managing Normanside golf course in Bethlehem.
“We had a tough time keeping the golfers at the club after they played golf. I found out the reason for that was they were going two minutes down the road to the Delmar Beff’s,” said Gebauer. “… They said Beff’s was the perfect place to go after golf.”
Patti Vardaro’s husband worked at Chip Shots and lost his job in the shake up. She expressed outrage at the April 5 meeting, saying the eviction changed her family’s life, and on Thursday night was alarmed that Beff’s was being handed a contract so soon.