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December 21, 2013

 

Greek Peak unveils new lift, pizzeria

Resort’s new owners complete 7,500-square-foot restaurant, $2.1M quad lift

GreekJoe McIntyre/staff photographer
Pizza specialist Andrew Cosimo turns a pizza in a brick pizza oven Friday at the resort’s Trax Restaurant in Virgil.

By TYRONE L. HEPPARD
Staff Reporter
theppard@cortlandstandardnews.com

VIRGIL — Greek Peak’s efforts to modernize and upgrade started to take shape Friday morning with the grand opening of the Trax Pub and Grill located on the second floor of the resort’s Acropolis Conference Center.
The completely renovated 7,050-square-foot restaurant can seat 205 people in the dining room and features a new Brazilian cherry wood bar, a large brick oven that sits behind the granite tabletop and a panoramic view of the mountain and the resort’s new $2.1 million quad lift.
Doug Clark, the executive chef for Greek Peak, said he was in an international state of mind while he was putting together the menu for Trax, and he wanted it to reflect the diversity of people who come to Greek Peak while adding a unique twist to familiar dishes.
“Most of the things we do I’ve seen before,” Clark said. “We just take it to a different level.”
He added since coming to the resort five months ago he is glad to be a part of the resort’s transformation and he hopes to use a restaurant to attract visitors from outside the community while giving locals something to be proud of.
“I hope they don’t think its just a run-of-the-mill place,” Clark said. “I really want to get the neighbors to come in and say, ‘Greek Peak is back.’”
Owners John Meier and Marc Stemerman purchased the resort in a bankruptcy auction in April and in August the Cortland County Industrial Development Agency provided the resort with about $33,000 in sales and mortgage tax breaks for the next five years on the entire renovation project totaling $3.8 million.
Before the event, Meier said he wanted to give a special thanks the IDA for its support, providing an opportunity the resort to show its commitment to the community.
“What they did was really fantastic,” he said. “It allowed us to invest in Cortland County in a way that we wouldn’t have been able to do.”
He added that after completing a final round of testing, the quad lift should be ready to take people up the mountain as early as Monday and there are also plans to attach a new deck to the outside of Trax in 2014
“What you’re seeing is the vision of the owners ... and we’re hopeful that the customers enjoy it,” IDA Executive Director Garry VanGorder said. He added, “the bottom line is capital investment, job retention and job retention. That’s what this is all about.”
Cortland Mayor Brian Tobin also attended the event and said he was happy to see Meier and Stemerman making positive changes at the resort and added he is confident the results of the improvements will see an increase in visitors to the resort and Cortland County.
“It’s really nice to see them continue to invest and improve,” Tobin said. “This is an area that really should be attracting people from Cortland County and beyond. I think it’s only a matter of time before Greek Peak becomes a destination for people from all over.”
Stemerman said everyone who was involved in the project is excited about Trax and that he and Meier are looking forward to bringing new life to the resort.
“We’re thrilled we can start delivering on our promises,” Stemerman said. “We’re only eight months in and there will be a lot more to come. There are better days ahead for the Greek Peak ski resort.”

 

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