Where history, Nature, and Fine Dining come alive

While only a few years into the restaurant business, Ash and Jaime Anand have an eye for luxury, modern design, and especially good food. The Anands purchased the Grist Mill in August of 2015 and could not be more excited to continue to cultivate and finesse their first restaurant venture. As past chefs and owners have done, the Anands plan on keeping things pretty familiar around their historic restaurant, but want to “rewrite” history with a few tweaks and adjustments. Clients have seen new décor, additional river view patio seating, an expanded menu including a year round lite fare option, and a general “facelift” of the historic building. The Anands, and their enterprise, will continue on the path of beautifying parts of Warrensburg and keeping tradition alive while bringing their customers a twist of something unexpected. Mixing the old with the new makes the classic a bit contemporary, and we can‘t wait to see what this mix entails.

Ash is no stranger to change, in fact-he thrives on it. The entrepreneur now owns businesses in 8 different disciplines in which 7 of them he knew nothing about before launching. Anand’s enterprise houses a property management/construction crew, a nutraceuticals line, an auto repair shop, an early learning center and daycare, an analytics business, the Grist Mill and now, Ashes Pub and Grill; a long time local bar with “pub grub” styled food. The young entrepreneur never allows himself to stop learning, and when he has an idea he runs with it.

The Grist Mill is a high-end, rustic, inviting restaurant that will satisfy any palette and make every visitor feel comforted with its ethereal atmosphere and breathtaking sights where nature meets history. The Lotus Group of Companies is elated to have such a reputable, historic restaurant join their brand.

Our History

First built in 1824 as a grist mill on the Schroon River, the historic building was first imagined as a restaurant in 1976. Owner, Nancy Fitler, and chef, Barbara McLaughlin, created the structure and foundation of what The Grist Mill Restaurant has become today. Keeping the much of the industrial structure and pieces of history throughout the building, Fitler and McLaughlin set the tone for what the restaurant would be for years to come.

Upon first being purchased, Fitler extensively renovated the building in order to create a suitable dining environment. Contractor John Mason and foreman Howard Lockhart tore out and rebuilt foundations, jacked the building 15 feet up with steel beams, and added a sea wall to keep the high river waters from flooding the building. In an article dating back three decades ago, Fitler noted that the wheels of The Grist Mill, which supplied the water power to the mill, are “vintage from 1806” and “considered the oldest metal wheels in existence.” The restaurant also houses an authentic, colonial fireplace and a deck overlooking the breathtaking Schroon River. The rustic, elegant atmosphere gives customers a peek into history and is an incredible tribute to the very beginnings of the town of Warrensburg.

Many original artifacts are strewn throughout the restaurant, making it is as much a museum as it is an eatery. In fact, previous chef Shane Newell installed a museum section in the restaurant so customers could truly have a sense of what came before the fine dining establishment. Since its inception, many aspects of The Grist Mill have remained the same, and chefs and owners to come would keep things as they were.

The building has passed through the hands of some extraordinary chefs including Newell and the late Chris Lambeth. Like the very first chef to take over the establishment, Newell and then Lambeth executed delectable dishes paying homage to classic American cuisine with rich influences from European cooking. Entrée selections that were first introduced in the 1976 edition of The Grist Mill have remained menu staples; customers can always order an exquisite cut of steak or select the freshest seafood, these items will always be available to new and returning clientele. The Grist Mill remains a staple fine dining restaurant in the area.

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