100 Years of History....
Since 1915, the Sgarlata family has been a part of Schenectady’s restaurant and catering community. Nearly 100 years ago, Angelo Sgarlata, immigrated to America from Sicily and joined his brother who owned and operated a restaurant on lower Broadway in Schenectady. In the 1930’s Angelo’s family had an opportunity to buy a building across the street opened their own restaurant- Subway Grill & Restaurant.
On the same street the restaurant was located, was an entrance into the GE property. This gate was known as the subway entrance. This was the way thousands of people from the surrounding neighborhoods would get to work. There was a total of 12 different eating and drinking establishments located on lower Broadway, which was nick-named Kruzy Ave.
Angelo’s son Carmen, joined him in his restaurant back in the 1950’s. Carmen had graduated from college and was working for a bank hoping to some day become branch manager when Angelo became ill. Carmen left the bank to run the family business and never looked back. Angelo’s wife who was working for General Electric at the time left and joined him in the business as well.
In 1965 Carmen bought a vacant building next door to Sgarlata’s and built a banquet room that accommodate up to 140 people. It was one of the first banquet rooms in the city of Schenectady.
Angelo (Skip), Carmen’s son came on board in the 1970’s to help manage the growing business.
In the early 1980’s Sgarlata’s commenced it’s off premise catering service which grew to be one of the largest parts of the business. Our family has had the privilege to cater at Canfield Casino, Great Escape, The Mohegan Steamship boat on Lake George and Howe Caverns. The Sgarlata family has catered off premise events for groups up to 1,200 people.
Skip’s son, Jason became the first truly trained college chef , graduating from the Culinary Institute of America in 1977. Although professionally trained, Jason always said that he learned more from his grandma than he did from school. Jason began a fourth generation of the family run business.
In 2005 Skip felt that it was time to offer an experience to his patrons that matched the excellence the Sgarlata family had offered with their cuisine. A property was purchased and a Ballroom facility was erected. On the Banks of the beautiful Mohawk River in Glenville , Riverstone Manor boasts and elegant atmosphere unsurpassed in the capital region for nearly 10 years! From our Terrace Tent or our exquisite and intimate Manor House- to our Beautiful Ballroom or our Off-Site Catering Packages. Riverstone Manor has several breathtaking options to suit any Wedding, Celebration, or Corporate event. Skip and his staff bring years of experience, and an unwavering attention to every detail offered by no other venue in the capital region! We invite you to call us and make an appointment today to visit with us and let us show you all that is Riverstone Manor. Contact us today!