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Historic Schoharie tavern to close

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Albany/HV: Historic Schoharie tavern to close
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The first meal served at the property was during the Revolutionary War. The last could be this summer. But as YNN's Maria Valvanis explains, long after the doors of the George Mann Tory Tavern close, parts of the Schoharie landmark will continue to serve the community.

SCHOHARIE, N.Y. -- Irmgard Buess said, "It was called the dump on the corner when we bought it."

The George Mann Tory Tavern has come a long way in the past 30 plus years.

"We had to gut the entire building out and then all the moldings were all re-cut, the stenciling was done by my wife, the wood work we did together," said Ralph Buess.

The couple spent 13 years restoring the property back into a colonial day tavern. But after serving thousands of meals over more than two decades, the Buess' have put their labor of love on the market.

"We're just tired and it's time to retire. We had hoped to have sold it sooner, but the economy isn't good," said Irmgard.

But parts of the Tavern will continue to live on through the community one way or another. If the business doesn't sell, kitchen equipment will be donated to the Schoharie Fire Department.

Irmgard said, "The fire department lost everything during the flood, so they have to build a new building. So we thought that would be a good way to keep our equipment in use for the village and community."

"We'd like to find another restaurant that would be interested in taking it, but I'd also like to see another form of business taking over. They could live in the main section of house and use back section for offices," said Ralph.

The property is listed for just under $600,000. Regardless whether the building sells, the doors at this Schoharie mainstay will close by summer’s end.

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