Serving patrons for more than 300 years, the Milleridge Inn has been a hub for generations of family events. Originally built by pioneer Mary Washburn Willets, the quaint colonial home grew through additions over the years to a micro-village that visitors and locals came to spend a day or an afternoon strolling around, eating the delicious baked goods and browsing the crafts and handmade artisanal pieces. Last year the Long Island family-destination almost disappeared when former owner Owen Smith sold the property to shopping center maverick Kimco. The change in ownership sparked a massive outcry from the community, and Kimco put the property up for lease.
Out of more than 50 companies bidding to renovate the property, Anthony Capetola and Butch Yamali won the lease as Milleridge Ventures, Incorporated. Yamali, President of the Dover Group in Freeport, has successfully managed several Long Island restaurants and venues including Peter’s Clam Bar, MaliBlue, and the Coral House. Capetola is the current operator of the Carltun, and believes his and Yamali’s credentials and history of renovating great Long Island venues were the reasons they were chosen.
They had their work cut out for them. The main building was in disrepair and the village shops required a renovation when the pair took over. The Milleridge Inn reopened this past February despite the fact that repairs are not yet entirely finished.
“While we operate we will continue to renovate the bakery and village [shops], and hope to provide jobs to more 200 part time employees,” Capetola said. “The inn will definitely infuse capital and jobs into the local community.”
Currently the inn is open and serving daily meals and the village bakery and confectionery are also open but other favorites including the general store and toy store remain closed for renovations with an anticipated opening in the spring.
There’s much to look forward to when the season change brings warmer weather and new events. Capetola promises midweek concerts in the Milleridge Cottage, and jazz-oriented summer events in the Carriage House. Sommelier Michael Friedwald will work with the Carriage House for wine pairing events for local connoisseurs and amateurs alike, only improving on its 300 year history.