By Paul Post
Scott Johnson and partners have welcomed guests to Sperry’s Restaurant since 2010 when they reopened the iconic Spa City landmark, which had been closed for about a year.
The popular eatery entertains a “Who’s Who” list of horse racing industry celebrities each summer.
“Anybody who’s anybody has eventually ended up at Sperry’s,” said Johnson, an attorney and former three-term (2008-13) Saratoga Springs mayor. “It would be easier to tell you who hasn’t come here than who has.”
But after 13 years, his group is handing stewardship of the establishment to new undisclosed owners. He declined to identify the party’s identity pending completion of the sale, but said they’re experienced restaurant owners.
The sale is under contract with a closing date on or before April 15.
“It’s time for me to start downsizing what I deal with on a regular basis,” Johnson said. “The restaurant was one of those things. I decided it was time to sell. We’ve been approached before by people who showed interest. The timing wasn’t’ right. This time around was different.”