New blood brings new life to Beach Lake

By TOM KANE

BEACH LAKE, PA — A local entrepreneur is giving a shot in the arm to businesses in sleepy Beach Lake, with the revitalization of a defunct restaurant that was once a major draw to the hamlet.

The old Bernadette’s Restaurant, which had been dark for over three years, has now been transformed into a bright new eatery, Joe’s Ranch House, that is attracting large crowds even in its first weeks.

Business was so brisk over the weekend that the restaurant, which is still going through a shake-down cruise, ran out of food.

The new establishment is the brainchild of local businessman Joe Krempansky, an experienced leader of Wayne County industry who also owns Krempansky’s Construction Company, which is located in Beach Lake on Gassen Road. Krempansky’s son, Joe Jr. owns the Krempansky Equipment Company on Route Six south of Honesdale. A sense of business seems to run in the family.

As if sensing the transformation, two more businesses in the hamlet on Route 652 are undergoing revitalization: the Country Café at the intersection of Route 652 and State Road 1011, and a new ownership of the convenience store—Brown’s One Stop—across the road.

The theme of Joe’s Ranch House is, as the name suggests, a steak house. It boasts a large bar area, a pool table and seating in a dining area. It opened on January 15.

The chef, Michael Giacalone, a resident of Fawn Lake, has been in the food preparation business for 34 years, working for restaurants on Long Island and Manhattan. He owned a restaurant in Ridgewood, NJ for five years.

Both lunch and dinner are being served at the restaurant. The restaurant section is open seven days a week from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. The bar is open Monday to Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. with Sunday opening from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Joe’s Ranch House is not the only new blood to flow into Beach Lake lately. Another business, the Country Café, is under new management by the daughters of Paul Van Horn, who owns the line of stores on Route 652 that are attached to the café. The new owners, Dani Neil and Colleen Steelman, will keep the same hours as the previous owner.

Neil is also the proprietor of a beauty salon in the same building, called Curl Up and Dye.

Rounding out the variety of stores in the same complex are a take-out only pizza parlor, Smokin’ Joe’s Tobacco Store, a franchise, a laundromat and the offices of MMM Waste Removal Company.

The café serves breakfast and lunch seven days a week from 6:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. On Friday, dinner is served from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

The third Beach Lake business that has recently changed hands is now called Brown’s One Stop, a convenience store that sells gasoline, grocery items and has a luncheonette serving breakfast and lunch.

The new owner, Erica Brown, is a resident of Milanville and worked formerly for Highland Physicians. She has never owned a business before.

Hours of operation for Brown’s One Stop are Monday to Sunday from 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Dinner is served on Monday to Saturday from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and on Friday from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

With the long-idle Bernadette’s location now hopping, and new owners bringing new ideas to the location, Beach Lake is on its way to become a destination dining and shopping spot.

TRR photo by Tom Kane
Paul Van Horn owns the series of Beach Lake, PA shops in which the Country Café is located. (Click for larger version)
TRR photo by Tom Kane
Erica Brown is trying her hand at entrepreneurship as the new owner of a convenience store, Brown’s One Stop. (Click for larger version)
TRR photo by Tom Kane
Joe’s Ranch House has replaced Bernadette’s, a once-lively location that had gone dark for three years before the new restaurant opened on January 15. (Click for larger version)