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Old 02-16-2007, 01:55 PM   #1
Michael Ohlstein
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Red Apple Rest Condemned

Red Apple Rest condemned

(Original publication: February 9, 2007)

SOUTHFIELDS, N.Y. - The town of Tuxedo has condemned the Red Apple Rest, a landmark immortalized in films and in the memories of vacationers who for decades stopped in on their way to the Catskills.

The condemnation came a few months after owner Peter Kourakos abruptly closed the struggling restaurant on Route 17. He left notices on windows that read "Went Away to Graduation and Vacation."

The once-beautiful, wooden building was dilapidated, with peeling red, green and white paint, drafty windows and a caving roof, Tuxedo Supervisor Peter Dolan said. The town building inspector advised that it should be condemned, and Dolan agreed.

"The building was in poor shape," Dolan said. "We were scared the building was potentially hazardous. Condemnation is not something we do easily."

The building was condemned at a Town Board meeting Jan. 22. Kourakos was notified beforehand by mail, but hadn't responded, Dolan said.

Yesterday, the signature red apple hung morosely in front of the single-story building. The once-bright lights were dusty, and the restaurant looked dark and dusty through stark windows.

A notice pasted on the door declared: "Condemned as dangerous and unsafe" and "Danger. Keep Out."

Joseph Hann of Sloatsburg, who drives past the former eatery every day to meet his mother, pulled up for old times' sake.

"This has been a landmark for ages. In the summertime, people came up to eat," said Hann, a property manager. "I'd like to see it reopen."

Owner Peter Kourakos wasn't at home to discuss Red Apple Rest's future. In the past, he has said it might or might not reopen.

Dolan said the eatery could reopen if Kourakos boarded the windows and fixed the roof. The building, which stands on more than 8 acres, cannot be sold until it is fixed, he said.
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Old 02-19-2007, 04:55 AM   #2
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Red Apple Rest

What a shame. Since childhood the Red Apple Rest was a landmark that in my mind separated "the city" from "the country" and the relevence of the place extended well beyond the Wel-Met experience. Over the many years since Wel-Met I have passed the Red Apple numerous times and witnessed its slow deterioration however that never took away from the magic it symbolized and the memories of wonderful summers spent "in the country".

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Old 05-17-2007, 06:43 PM   #3
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Went by there this past weekend ... made me feel just a tad "old" for a moment....
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Old 05-17-2007, 08:05 PM   #4
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Wow....

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