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Pipe break leads to rebranding for Kanes

October 5, 2018
By GRIFFIN KELLY - Staff Writer ( , Lake Placid News

LAKE PLACID - The North Country experienced a harsh winter in the 2017-18 season. Temperatures were consistently below zero, and snowfall was regular. In January 2018, shortly after the new year, many homes and businesses across the Adirondacks suffered from frozen and burst water pipes. The Great Adirondack Steak and Seafood restaurant on Main Street was hit hard.

"We had pipes burst in the interior walls, behind the bar, in the kitchen, in the backroom," said owner Robert Kane. "We had 20 breaks in the kitchen, and I don't know how many thousands of gallons of water poured out."

Kane said one of the grill hoods was left on overnight, and it sucked all the warm air out of the building, causing the pipes to freeze. To make sure it doesn't happen again this winter, Kane said they've installed a system that turns all the fans off automatically when the temperature gets too low.

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Robert Kane stands outside his restaurant, the Great Adirondack Brewing Company, Monday, Sept. 24. In January, the establishment sustained burst pipes and water damage. Seven months later, the Kanes have redesigned and rebranded the business.
(News photo — Griffin Kelly)

All the carpet, inventory and furniture had to be removed. The restaurant shut down, and for the next six months, Kane, his wife Nancy, and his sons Robbie and Eddie had to renovate the building. During the busy summer months, the restaurant did have a few soft openings on their patio area, while the inside was overhauled. However, despite the damage, this actually expedited Kane's plan to redesign the business.

"We wanted to redo the design; unfortunately, it happened that way," he said.

After 31 years of being known as Great Adirondack Steak and Seafood, the restaurant took down that sign Monday, Sept. 24 and replaced it with one that says Great Adirondack Brewing Company. The latter was the name the business's beer-making operation, which began in 1998.

"We're still going to serve steak and seafood," Kane said, "but we're going to focus more on the beer aspect. We're also going to have more burgers and appetizers on the menu. Lake Placid has changed, and the people who visit here have changed, so we've got to change, too. This place has been in our family since 1987, and this is definitely the biggest change we've ever made."

Kane didn't want to jump to conclusions, but he thinks the new signs worked. Sept. 24 brought in plenty of customers.

As for the weather, Kane said he thinks the new fan system will keep things check, but that subzero temperatures are always something to keep in mind.

Burst pipes do the most damage when left running for long periods of time. A few days prior to the burst at Great Adirondack, the Hotel Saranac in Saranac Lake sustained a burst in its sprinkler system shortly before its long-awaited reopening. The Hotel Saranac opened about two-and-a-half weeks after the break.



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