BY JENNIFER FARNSWORTH
Stephanie VanAuken is the new owner of Ravenswood Pub at 1021 Route 146 in Clifton Park.
Originally opened in 1984, Ravenswood has been owned by Wayne T. Beale since 2013. He currently owns three other Saratoga County neighborhood taverns: Rusty Nail Grill and Tavern in Clifton Park (1999), Bentley’s Tavern (2002) and the Mill on Round Lake (2008).
A local veteran of the hospitality industry, VanAuken owned Mama’s Pizza in Clifton Park for 23 years before selling it in 2005.
She said since then, she often ran into former customers who expressed how much they missed her and urged her to get back into the restaurant business in that part of town.
It dawned on VanAuken that Ravenswood would be an ideal way to enter the business again and re-connect with her former customers. She said she approached Beale to see if he had any interest in selling the business.
According to VanAuken, Beale didn’t at first, but she was persuasive.