Prattsville House reopens in village hit hard by Irene and Lee
By Joe Moskowitz
When Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee struck, no community was hit harder than Prattsville. To this day, more than two and-a-half years later, many scars remain in the little community on the banks of the Schoharie River.
But, within a couple of weeks of the storm, owner Jim Eisele had the Great American Supermarket back in business and work was started on a new mini mall across the parking lot.
Those storefronts are now filled. Reconstruction continues, an arts’ center will soon reopen and last Saturday there was a big party next door on Main Street. The Prattsville House is back in business and was hosting its grand reopening celebration.
Owner James Pasternak said it was a long, hard struggle, but three weeks ago, he and his wife Eileen were finally able to reopen.
The Pasternaks, no relation to Belleayre Resort backer, Kenneth Pasternak, said he and his wife bought the landmark in 1985, and it remained a popular place to eat, drink, and stay until it was nearly destroyed in 2011. He said they always planned to reopen, but they had other jobs and he said there were times they nearly gave up.
But they stuck with it and all day Saturday there was music, food, people drinking, and having a good time at the Prattsville Hotel. Just like old times.