NORTHCREEK-A familiar sight has returned to Route 28 in North Creek. A sign for Basil & Wicks restaurant has returned to the side of the highway in front of what was last Kelly O's and Casey's North restaurant.
New owner Jane Peter officially reopened Basil & Wicks under its original name in early January and is riding the tide of ski season in North Creek, preparing for her first summer with the restaurant.
"I knew it as Basil & Wicks when I grew up here," said Peter, a 1970 graduate of Johnsburg Central School. "The name carries many memories for local people. It's where I came to hang out."
Peter received permission from original owners Nathalie Martin Sharrow, her husband Wick Martin and her parents Ruth and Basil LaPointe to retain the name. The deal resulted in a trip back in time for Route 28 travelers. The original Basil & Wicks closed in the early 1990s. Peter recently returned to the North Country after spending almost 30 years living in Vermont. Since her return, she has been assessing the restaurant's needs.
She offers an extensive menu that ranges from casual sandwich and burger offerings to specialty entree choices. Peter hopes to start a tradition Sunday, May 1 with the first-ever community appreciation day at Basil & Wicks with refreshments, live music and a time to celebrate the local region. The event will also serve as the kick-off party to the 54th annual White Water Derby inNorth Creek. Peter also hopes to cater to a local crowd with happy hour specials beginning this spring.
Despite the restaurant business still coping with a hurting economy, Peter said she is pleased with how the winter season went and is looking forward to spring and summer.
"I am really excited about the location," she said. "People see these lights on again as they are leaving or coming into town and it just adds to the revival and excitement that is happening in North Creek right now."
Peter was initially attracted to the business after seeing the impressive traffic figures on Route 28.
Peter recently joined the North Creek Business Alliance, a cooperative group of business owners in North Creek who have set out to attract visitors onto Main Street and encourage them to experience all that North Creek has to offer.
"They welcomed me with open arms. There is a lot going on here during all seasons and I feel a part of it all," Peter said. "I have a unique location that allows me to direct people into the village and a responsibility to let people know about North Creek."
North Creek businesses have been working together over the last year to share in the success of Gore Mountain Ski Center and Peter is eager to become a part of it.
"The more there is going on, the better for everyone," she said.