By Pamela Fisher
Since 1978, stopping for a meal or drinks
at Gaffney’s has been a Saratoga Springs
tradition. Throughout the years, the dining
establishment has grown from one bar
and restaurant to include two additional
bars: the Starting Gate and The Winners
Circle, which is the large outdoor dining
and garden area.
This year, Gaffney’s will continue to
expand its offerings, having recently secured
approval to build an enclosed patio
area off of the Starting Gate bar area.
That space is currently used for some
seating during the good weather months,
but is not enclosed.
Entrepreneur John Baker has owned Gaffney’s since 1982 and the Gaffney building since 1986. He said the enclosed patio space, which will be situated at the outdoor corner of the restaurant, will enable Gaffney’s to provide a variety of services for its patrons.
“It is a very busy corner,” said Baker. “Everybody likes to sit there and watch the world go by. The new space will be airconditioned and heated and available all seasons. The patio walls will be glass, so it will feel open like it does in the summer and will have an outdoor feel. However, the enclosed space will also protect guests from factors such as noise, rain, and wind.”
The addition will also increase the restaurant’s space. Baker estimated the patio is about 1,000 square feet and will be able to situate 40-50 people for a sit-down meals.
“We do a lot of catering, so this will give us a separate area for occasions like showers and office parties,” said Baker.
Construction is scheduled to start in February and is expected to be complete by early May.
Architect Tom Frost created the plans and Bonacio Construction will rebuild the patio area. Construction will not impact much of Gaffney’s outdoor space, including The Winner’s Circle outdoor bar.
Gaffney’s is located at 16 Caroline St. in Saratoga Springs. Under Chef Kevin Myers, now with the restaurant for 17 years, Gaffney’s presents a wide array of American cuisine as well as many dishes from different cultures and ethnic origins.
The establishment also offers catering services, and features live music and entertainment year-round. For more information contact Gaffney’s at 587-7359 or visit www.gaffneysrestaurant.com