MORRISTOWN - Cattlemans, a former restaurant that village residents have hoped to see make a comeback, is being aggressively marketed by owner Mahlon T. Clements in hopes of finding a new owner.
The restaurant last year was nearly purchased and reopened by a Syracuse restaurateur, but that deal fell through.
The restaurant has been empty since the summer of 2013 after a brief spell when it was run by John G. Hagopian.
Syracuse resident Michael J. Kinney held a public meeting in December seeking input from town residents about whether they wanted the restaurant to reopen and how they would like to see it operate.
Mr. Kinney ran the restaurant in 2003 and 2004 and said he was excited by the possibility of buying it from Mr. Clements and making it the St. Lawrence River-front destination of his dreams.
Its got a million-dollar view, Mr. Kinney said in December of the restaurant that overlooks the Morristown Bay and the St. Lawrence River.
Despite an outpouring of community support for the project, it was not to be. Mr. Kinney said he had to cancel his plans due to family commitments in Syracuse.
I was heartbroken, he said. I really wanted to come back.
Mr. Clements said the restaurants location is a prime selling point, and said its a shame to see the place sit vacant.
Listed at $375,000, Mr. Clements said he is willing to consider any reasonable offer for the building and he would be willing to rent it again to the right person.
Running a restaurant properly is hard work and it takes some skills. he said.
Several people have approached Mr. Clements about the building.
Mr. Clements has owned the property for more than a decade and after a short time running the restaurant himself he has leased it to others.
I got involved [with the property] for the same reason that everyone else did: we really need a great restaurant in the community and its a great location, Mr. Clements said.
The bottom line: Weve got to get it open, he said. This is a beautiful view.