When Farmingdale hot spot, Mike’s Place, closed unexpectedly in 2016, the entire community felt the loss. Mike and Cynthia Genest had owned the restaurant for 18 years, and were considered friends to many patrons. Like many small towns, Farmingdale residents had come to depend on the local restaurant as far more than a place to eat out, it was a well-known gathering spot for socializing and meeting up with friends and family.
Listing Broker, Dennis Wheelock of Magnusson Balfour, recounts that each time he would be at the property to show it, inevitably someone would stop by to inquire as to the building’s future. “Was another restaurant moving in?”, they wanted to know excitedly. Local residents got their wish this past summer when Hans Peaslee and Deb Patterson purchased the property with plans to open a similar-style eatery. With several years of restaurant management experience, the new owners bring a great enthusiasm for their new business, as well as joining the community. Wheelock, a former restaurant owner himself, is happy to see another small, family-owned business take root in the community. “This will be a true family affair as some of their kids and friends will be working in the restaurant. Hans and Debbie will do well!”
Frye House opened in early October to a full house of happy customers! Specializing in many seafood and chicken favorites that locals were used to, and featuring family-style large portion meals, the Frye House has settled in quickly as a local haunt, where you can find casual dining in a relaxed atmosphere. Congratulations Hans and Debbie!