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TUPPER LAKE – The coronavirus pandemic has inspired a significant addition to the Amado Restaurant and Cafe on Cliff Avenue, which this week unveiled a new dining and event yard and increased capacity that can now seat up to 398 people.
An array of outdoor dining areas surround a courtyard next to the restaurant, with flowers, stones, and a life-size Sasquatch in the middle.
Amado co-owner Cory Rohrbach said the outdoor dining room had a smooth opening last week, but Tuesday was his time to thank everyone who made this possible: patrons, architects, politicians, supporters and friends.
“We’ve all had a hell of a year” Rohrbach said. “It’s my way of saying thank you.”
After showing off the new space, he was back in the kitchen making a spread for his guests – risotto, lamb chops and steak.
The energy in the kitchen was high. He screamed back and forth with Sous Chef Kyle Deschent as flames shot from the stoves and knives ripped through cutting boards.
Cody Rolley, a junior at Tupper Lake High School, was cooking. He was one of many high school students learning the ropes of cooking.
Renovation of the restaurant began last year when the COVID-19 pandemic halved indoor dining capacity. With a grant from the Franklin County Local Development Corporation, Rohrbach installed three “greenhouses” – isolated outdoor spaces for eating and chatting.
“My wife says my brain doesn’t work like normal people’s” Rohrbach said.
He praised his wife, Lilian Rohrbach, and the inspiration and drive she gives him.
The two met in Brazil. Cory was a chef traveling the world, Lilian was a lawyer in the Sao Paulo city attorney’s office.
The Rohrbachs moved to the United States in 2013 and to the Adirondacks soon after. Cory cooked at the High Peaks Resort in Lake Placid and the Tupper Lake Country Club before opening Amado in 2016.
The couple did much of the construction for the expansion themselves – excavation, carpentry, landscaping and masonry.
“It was easy because he had a vision”, Architect Daniel Montroy said of the design.
This vision became clear during the pandemic.
“Nothing here has ever been in the plan before COVID-19”, Cory said.
After seeing the greenhouses succeed, they bought the property next door to the restaurant and started renovating the space.
Cory said Montroy helped put the ideas in his head on paper and into the field.
Chris White, a Montroy DeMarco Architecture architect who lives in Jay, said the space they designed is spacious compared to the spaces they usually design for restaurants and offices in New York City. The emphasis here is on hospitality and going out, rather than customer turnover, he said.
The architecture and landscaping have a unique aspect to the area.
“I love and have a passion for ancient Chinese cultures – large extended family dwellings”, said Rhorbach. “Fenced, four sides, all open onto a beautiful landscaped central courtyard.
The courtyard has an aesthetic that he describes as “Rustic zen.
Cory said he had local and regional help, naming the Franklin County LDC, Raising the NYS Bar restaurant recovery fund and US Small Business Association.
He said he used COVID restaurant loans to make it happen.
“The gist of what I got from all of these government programs was ‘Prepare your business for the future’,” he said. “The coronavirus is not over yet… and what’s next? “
Cory and Lilian are hoping the new outdoor space will also be a place to host weddings and other events.