The Jolly Roger sat at the south end of what is now Shepard Park in the heart of Lake George Village. The building was later moved further south on Route 9 and is now The Lobster Pot restaurant. Photo courtesy of the Lake George Historian.
The Jolly Roger
In a 1963 tourism advertisement, The Jolly Roger restaurant – in the heart of Lake George Village – opened for their 8th season on July 4th. Billed as one of the area’s most unique restaurants directly on the lake shore, it ‘combines scenic charm with excellent food and continuous entertainment.’ The Jolly Roger was billed as being ‘at the water’s edge’ in the center of Lake George Village
An advertisement for the Jolly Roger Restaurant in the heart of Lake George Village
The following information was found in a supplement to the Warrensburg – Lake George News. Called “This Week around Lake George and Lake Luzerne and in the Southern Adirondacks,” It was the ‘GUIDE to dining, dancing – indoor and outdoor fun.’
The ‘lavishly decorated’ dining room of the Jolly Roger was described as follows:
It featured a glass-paneled view of the Adirondack Mountains and the waters of Lake George. Seating more than 250 diners, the room was decorated to resemble the deck of a ship. The sea theme was carried out in a ‘pirate motif’ throughout the dining room.
A huge buccaneer holding a cutlass sword and in red and yellow striped pants and black boots greeted customers. He was standing on a treasure chest at the front entrance. The sea theme was carried through ‘even more extensively’ on the outside of the restaurant.
The restaurant opened daily at 5 pm for cocktails and dining. Early bird dinners catering to families were available until 7 pm, and dinner was available until 11 pm.
Perks available at the restaurant included valet parking, an air-conditioned dining room, and a marina for those who arrived by boat.
For their 8th season, the Jolly Roger featured ‘dancing to the music of world-famous society orchestra of Lester Lanin and entertainment by Leo LaFave at the piano.’ Lanin’s ‘renowned society orchestra’ played nightly for dancing from 9 pm until 3 am.
The Lester Lanin Orchestra provided the entertainment for dining and dancing.
A combination cocktail lounge and coffee shop called the Rogue’s Roost was located on the street front. It was open ‘practically around the clock.’ The Roost featured special rum cocktails and a variety of unusually tempting pastries baked on the premises. The restaurant was owned by Henry D. Wright of Schenectady and A. N. Otterbein of Cincinnati, Ohio, both long time summer residents of Lake George.
This article was prepared by Stan Cianfarano for the Warren County Historical Society. Special thanks to Margy Mannix, Lake George Historian for the photo and material.