Photo by Roger Gavan On Monday, June 5, Mayor Michael Newhard (far right) and members of the Warwick Valley Chamber of Commerce joined Alberto and Arta Dautaj (center), their family, friends and staff, for the grand opening of The Warwick Inn.

The Warwick Inn, one of the area’s oldest and most popular restaurants, is back.

On Monday, June 5, Mayor Michael Newhard and members of the Warwick Valley Chamber of Commerce joined Alberto and Arta Dautaj, their family, friends and staff for the grand opening of The Warwick Inn at 36 Oakland Ave.

The historic building, first established as an elegant Victorian mansion with 10.5-foot ceilings, was built in 1855 as a residential estate.

The restaurant was converted to an inn in the early 1900’s and in the 1960’s the Wilson family took control and opened The Warwick Inn.

In April 2006 Alberto Dautaj, who also owns Arta Restaurant in Ringwood, N.J., and Momento in West Milford, N.J., opened The Dautaj at the Warwick Inn.

Shortly afterwards he established a lease arrangement with new operators for a restaurant, renamed Dautaj, which closed this past January.

‘The memory and legacy’“We’re bringing back the memory and the legacy of The Warwick Inn,” said owner/executive chef Alberto, who prefers using that one name. “Great food and great service is our goal.”

Alberto has been in the restaurant-hospitality business for more than 35 years and calls his new menu American Continental cuisine with a Mediterranean flare.

Serving lunch and dinner, seven days a week, The Warwick Inn lunch menu is brimming with fresh salads, sandwiches, panninis and pasta.

Dinner menu includes aged beef, beef bourguignon, lobster ravioli, short ribs, steaks and a selection of fish dishes and pastas.

The Warwick Inn uses local vegetables and fruits, making it a farm-to-table feast.

The restaurant is also proud of its rich wine cellar, with selections personally picked by Alberto and his staff.

Essential informationThe restaurant features outdoor as well as indoor seating and is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner. Lunch is served starting at noon.

The Warwick Inn stays open on Friday and Saturday, until 10 p.m. and on Sundays to 9 p.m.

For additional information or to make a reservation call 845-986-3666.

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