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Carney's Tavern, popular pub in Ballston Lake, to close

Carney’s Tavern, a popular restaurant in Ballston Lake, will close on Oct. 20 after 30 years of operation.

Owner Rosemary Carney announced her plans today. “It’s been a wonderful 30 years, but it’s time for me to retire,” she said in a press release.

Her husband and business partner, Robert Carney, died in February.

The restaurant, known for its big St. Patrick’s Day bashes, will go out in Irish pub fashion. “We’ll be celebrating our 30th anniversary and our final day with a party on Saturday, Oct. 20,” she said. “I suspect it will be akin to an Irish wake, with a mixture of memories, laughter, tears and hopes for the future.”

Carney expressed gratitude to her “fabulous staff,” and said she will miss them and her loyal customers who have become good friends over the year.

“I will miss it all, but it’s time for me to move on to the next phase of my life.”

Here's part of our review published on May 15, 2005:

It probably should come as no great surprise that a place called Carney's does corned beef right.

We dropped by recently in a bone-weary state, badly in need of a hug or at least something good to eat. Happily, we found it - good food, that is, which is sometimes better than a hug.

Carney's Restaurant on Main Street (Route 146A) in Ballston Lake looks like just another roadside watering hole from the outside. But that is a deception. Certainly, they do a good bar business and a lot of it seemed from the neighborhood, but their food is - or should be - the real draw.

The place has a homey feel about it, all dark wood and Colonial American in motif with old photographs and post cards on the walls that suggest it has been around for a while.

The staff is, by and large, veteran. Carney's has been operated by the same family for 23 years as of this October. Two of the bartenders have been there since the very beginning. Alex Carney, the son of the owners, has been the chef for 17 years, and a second chef, Ross Donovan, has been on the job for 11 years.

PHOTO: Rosemary Carney outside Carney's Tavern in August 2011 (BY MARC SCHULTZ/GAZETTE PHOTOGRAPHER)

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