MAYVILLE - A well-known Mayville restaurant will be reopening, but with a new style.
The New House On The Hill Restaurant, 186 S. Erie St., Mayville, will be reopening Thursday for the summer with a new operator, Wendy Sena. Those who ate at the restaurant when it was owned by the Food Is Good company will be familiar with Mrs. Sena, as she was the manager for the past three years.
When the business closed last September, she didn't know if it would be reopening again this summer. However, Mrs. Sena was given the chance to lease the restaurant and to reopen the dining spot - an opportunity she jumped at doing.
'I thought I was going to be unemployed. It is great to keep the business going,' she said. 'I love this place. It makes you feel alive when you come in here.'
Mrs. Sena said the ambiance of the restaurant is heightened by the beautiful view of Chautauqua Lake, which is clearly visible from the dining room through the full-size picture windows.
Mrs. Sena has, in one way or another, been in the restaurant business for 44 years. This will be the first time she will be the operator.
'It is exciting to do this for the first time,' she said. 'It has always been a dream of mine all my life and it has finally come true. A little later then expected, but it has finally come true.'
Mrs. Sena said she has brought back about 95 percent of the staff the restaurant has used the past few years. So along with her employees, she hopes to see familiar patrons walk through the doors.
'I love the people I meet,' she said. 'For me, they're my social. People come here and people know me by name and I know them by name. People are happy when they come here.'
Mrs. Sena said she hopes she will have a steady stream of regulars, who will come in to get breakfast, lunch and even dinner starting in mid-June when the restaurant will be expanding its hours. For now, the business will be open from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday. However, in mid-June, it will be open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., seven days a week.
'I want people to come in once or twice a week instead of just once a month,' she said. 'Whether it is breakfast, lunch or dinner, everyone can come in here and find something they like.'
In hopes of expanding her customer base, Mrs. Sena said the menu has been tweaked to offer more traditional foods like hamburgers and steaks to go along with restaurant specialties eggs benedict and blueberry pancakes. Mrs. Sena said she is also trying to use more organic foods and uses local produce and products.
To go along with the view of Chautauqua Lake, diners can also enjoy artwork done by the disabled at The Resource Center. Mrs. Sena said people can come in, have a nice meal and purchase a painting that they like, with all proceeds going back to The Resource Center's art program.
'It makes the restaurant feel more like a part of the community,' she said about sharing the art with her customers.
For more information, call the New House On The Hill at 753-7800.
Wendy Sena, New House On The Hill operator, shows off the fantastic view of Chautauqua Lake from the restaurant’s dining porch. The restaurant recently reopened for the summer.