One day in 2006, Chad Bauer got a little lost snowmobiling across Delaware County. He wound up on the top of Meredith Mountain, blown away by the scenic views and intrigued by a charming old building he found there.
Upon returning home, he researched the long-shuttered Meredith Inn online, and it was for sale. After watching it for three years, he couldn’t resist, and bought it in 2009.
An experienced restaurateur with a degree in management, a pizzeria downstate and a penchant for woodworking, Bauer began refurbishing the restaurant a little bit at a time, whenever he could get away to the Catskills, which eventually lured him for good.
“It was a hobby that turned into a full-time job,” said Bauer, who opened the restaurant last month. “I did all the work myself. I just love working with wood.”
After six years and a total interior and exterior renovation, Bauer has turned from carpentry back to cooking. With assists from his partner Jamie Howe, he serves dinner six nights a week and lunch on Saturday and Sunday. The 60-seat restaurant is family friendly, with a menu of casual fare like pizza, several varieties of burgers and wings and a children’s menu. Pasta and other Italian mainstays like calzones round out the offerings.
“We make everything on premise,” Bauer said, including soups and stocks. The beef for the burgers is fresh-ground, and he plans to grow a vegetable garden to supply the restaurant next year.
There are three TVs for catching a game. Bauer is in the process of applying for a bar license, probably for beer and wine only, he said.
Many of his patrons who come from small towns in Delaware County relay fond memories of the historic inn, recalling happy celebrations in the dining room and children playing in the yard. The current building is actually the third version of the Meredith Inn. Its history is documented in detail on the Town of Meredith’s website, along with an interview with Andy Mokay, its proprietor for half a century.
Nine years after first spotting the place from his snowmobile, Bauer is still pretty enamored.
“This place is just gorgeous,” he said.
Find the Meredith Inn at 4206 Turnpike Road in Delhi. It opens at noon on Saturday and Sunday for lunch and dinner. It opens at 4 p.m. on weekdays, serving dinner only. It is closed on Tuesdays.