MALTA, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Since 1955, the DiDonna family has owned the Saratoga Lake property at 113 Route 9P, which includes Nostalgia Ale House & Wine Bar and South Shore Marina. Now, Anthony DiDonna has sold the property as he plans to move away from the restaurant industry.
DiDonna’s grandparents originally bought the property at 113 Route 9P and built the building that now houses Nostalgia. DiDonna grew up in the restaurant business, with his family operating the Italian restaurant DiDonna’s in the space from 1955 to 1992.
Over the years, the family continued to buy the properties along the lake including the seven houses along First Street, right next to the marina. In the early 1990s, the family opened up South Shore Marina and leased out the restaurant space from 1992 to 2008.
After DiDonna’s father passed in 2009, DiDonna and his uncle became the landowners. They then reopened the restaurant space as DiDonna’s.
“There were too many Italian restaurants on the lake,” DiDonna told NEWS10. “So then we changed it in about 2012 to Nostalgia.”
With the sale of the properties, Nostalgia will be closing its doors. Best known for its karaoke nights, live music, and seafood and Italian specials, Nostalgia’s last day will be Saturday, January 27.
“I’m ready for warmer weather,” said DiDonna. “I’m ready to see my friends and family at night and not be cooped up in a restaurant.”
DiDonna said he sold his properties to a Florida businessman after a proposed condo project fell through. He declined to identify the buyer. DiDonna said they are closing on the sale on January 30.
The sale includes the Nostalgia building, which has the restaurant space and two apartments, the South Shore Marina, and the seven homes on First Street. In total, the properties have about 1,200 feet of lakefront, said DiDonna.
DiDonna does not fully know what the new owner’s plans are, but the restaurant space is currently listed with Hunt Real Estate. The turn-key space is available for lease starting February 1, said the listing. South Shore Marina will also be staying open with DiDonna staying on as manager.
DiDonna plans to manage South Shore Marina for two years before moving to Hilton Head, South Carolina. He’s looking to buy some ocean-front properties there and lease those out. He might also look into opening another small business or marina but said he doesn’t want to own another restaurant.
“I’m in my 50s now,” said DiDonna. “I’m still young but I’m ready to see something different.”