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Originally published in The Batavian April 19, 2016
Bob Moore said he feels bittersweet about stepping away from the business he and his wife Noreen opened together 37 years ago, but he couldn't be happier with the new owners.
Tim Adams and Steve Foster become owners tomorrow afternoon of the Red Osier Landmark Restaurant in Stafford.
Already business partners with Adams Welding and other business interests, Adams and Foster said not only did the restaurant business interest them, they couldn't stand the idea of an outside buyer taking over a local tradition.
"There's no place like it," said Adams, who was named Geneseean of the Year for 2013. "It would have been a shame to see it shut down or turned into a Chuck E. Cheese. That's what people have been saying, it could have become a Chuck E. Cheese, or somebody could have moved it to another location and we would have had another empty building here. It's a special place so it would have been a shame to have it lost."
Foster started working at the Red Osier 20 years ago, straight out of high school, first as a server and working his way up through the ranks as a bartender and in the kitchen before becoming manager 10 years ago.
"The Red Osier is just a special family," Foster said. "We're all family."
Adams and Foster will retain the restaurant's 70 employees.
Moore said he's not retiring, just stepping aside from owning and running his own restaurant. He will serve as a consultant to Adams and Foster as well as his son, who owns another branch of the Red Osier brand, based in Rochester.
He's excited to see what Adams and Foster will bring to Red Osier.
"That's what we need, young guys, like we were 37 years ago," Moore said. "They're like my wife and I were, full of piss and vinegar."
There won't be substantial changes, but Foster said there is definitely a magic about the Red Osier to be recaptured and they hope to do that with some decor changes to start -- new uniforms, new white table clothes, a regional wine display, historic pictures of the restaurant are a start.
"These guys are full of ideas," Moore said. "I want to help them implement as much as I can. The place looks beautiful. Wow! What a facelift."
There were eight or nine other potential buyers who looked into the restaurant before Adams and Foster approached him, and he immediately thought they would be a perfect fit to take over his business.
"We couldn't have done better," she said.
Anita Richley on Feb, 3, 2018
Prime rib is to die for!
Ann Sheelar on Jan, 13, 2017
This is the best restaurant for roast beef sandwiches and prime rib. They just melt in your mouth. The whole food selection is great but those are my favorite. I have been to a few Christmas parties there and they did a fantastic job with them as well.
Meghan Tiede on Dec, 21, 2016
Friendly staff, tasty food with great selection and
Tim Moyles on Dec, 19, 2016
The food and drinks are always the best you can get anywhere.
Steven Pagano on Dec, 19, 2016
Great food and a wonderful place to celebrate special occasions.
Julie Hackett on Dec, 15, 2016
The new owners have hit it out of the park. We had our company Christmas party there this year and it was FANTASTIC!!!! Everything was great...the food, the atmosphere and the service! OUTSTANDING!
Lynn Almeter on Dec, 14, 2016
Can't say enough good things about The Red Osier! Great food and atmosphere. The new owners continue to create a great dining experience.
Rebecca McDonell on Dec, 13, 2016
A fine, fine dining establishment. Steve and Tim have done a great job since taking over. The menu and atmosphere are fantastic. We love Red Osier.
Howard Owens on Dec, 13, 2016
Of course, best prime rib ever! Service is always great. A great place to take someone if you want to treat them to an excellent meal.
Dawn Puleo on Dec, 7, 2016