Site of the new Country House Restaurant along U.S. Route 7 in Pittsford. (Photo by Elicia Mailhiot)
Pittsford The abandoned building that once housed Sawdi’s Steak and Seafood restaurant will soon open under new ownership, hoping to bring back a piece of the dining scene that has been missing in the area.
The location was recently purchased by Pelton Real Estate. Its owner, Donald Pelton, plans to operate under the new moniker, the Country House Restaurant. Crews have been seen throughout the last few weeks repairing the outside of the 120-seat building.
The restaurant is expected to serve breakfast and lunch, as well as soft-serve ice cream after the addition of an ice cream window.
Sawdi’s has been a well-known dining establishment since it’s first opening in 1989, attracting visitors from across the area and beyond for its Prime Rib. After changing ownership several times throughout the last decade, the location’s doors have been closed since Jeffrey and Jayme McMahon of Hampton, N.Y., closed the business in 2006. Prior to that, the building was owned and operated by Brent and Robbin Gifford of Palm City, Fla.
The building, which was erected in 1950, features two large dining rooms with fireplaces, as well as a tavern. The 1.4-acre property also includes the three-bedroom white home directly next to the main building. Selling points for the property included a lease to own feature and the high volume of traffic that comes from being just off of Route 7.
The Vermont Secretary of State’s Office lists Pelton Real Estate as being located at 667 Route 7. The website lists Sawdi’s as being located at 663 Route 7.
The property was sold for $165,000, according to Pittsford’s Town Clerk Helen McKinlay.
The establishment has been advertising in local newspapers for cooks and waitstaff. No official opening date for the Country House Restaurant has been released.