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Last call at Carney’s

Tavern to close doors after three decades in Ballston

Carney’s Tavern is set to close on Saturday, Oct. 20, with an open house celebration and live entertainment. The closing is to come on the community landmark’s 30th anniversary.

Carney’s Tavern is set to close on Saturday, Oct. 20, with an open house celebration and live entertainment. The closing is to come on the community landmark’s 30th anniversary. Photo by John McIntyre.

— Carney’s Tavern has long been a place for the families and good friends of Ballston Lake to gather. While it has been a landmark for three decades, owner Rosemary Carney said she’d like to go out while still on top. So, the tavern will close its doors on Saturday, Oct. 20 — the tavern’s 30th anniversary.

“It’s been a great 30 years, I don’t have any regrets,” said Carney.

Her husband, Bob Carney, died this past February and she said she has some great memories with him at the tavern, but is looking forward to spending more time with her children and grandchildren.

Carney admitted it was a challenge to pick from her favorite memories but those that stand out include Saint Patrick’s Day celebrations and being witness to growing families within the community.

“There are just so many wonderful memories of the groups who have met here. It’s been a real center of town for a long time,” she said.

The Carneys swung open the doors of the tavern in 1982. The building itself is much older, and boasts Theodore Roosevelt as a famous visitor when he stopped in for a meal in 1901 on his way to Buffalo after President William McKinley was shot. The tavern was also face with closure under different circumstances in 2008, when sewage issues nearly ran Carney’s out of business before the community petitioned the state DEC to renegotiate its demands.

“It was really in poor shape and just the two of us working together. It’s been wonderful, I truly will miss it,” said Carney.

Town of Ballston Supervisor Patti Southworth said she’ll miss being able to go to Carney’s, especially with friends after ball games.

“Bob and Rosemary have always been very good community members and valued community partners. Carney’s has been providing the area with a restaurant and friendship – that’s important in small community,” said Southworth.

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