Randall Brown, the owner of Beardslee Castle, presents Alexandra Puznowski a dinner coupon as her daughter Sophia looks on, with Elaine Cobb from Think Local.

by Dave Warner

On Friday, the weather presented us with an early spring snowstorm, but inside Beardslee Castle, there was a warm fire and plenty of smiles to go around as Alexandra Puznowski and her daughter Sophia showed up to be presented with a free $50 dinner coupon as winners during Think Local’s Restaurant Week Instagram contest.

Puznowski had the opportunity to choose any restaurant where she wanted the gift certificate to be valid at and she picked Beardslee Castle.

According to Elaine Cobb, co-chair of Think Local Little Falls, which is a standing committee of the board of Main Street First “We are so happy with restaurant week and to have Beardslee Castle participate and for Alexandra to win this on her birthday. We think it brought a lot of people into the town and we found out that a lot of people in Little Falls went out with their families.”

“I especially want to thank our sponsor, Read Accounting, who not only put his financial effort into this but also distributed our flyers to every one of his tax customers,” said Cobb.

Randal Brown, owner of Beardslee Castle said “We had a nice turnout. We were kind of impressed and surprised. We weren’t sure how many people were going to come out.”

Cobb felt that for the first restaurant week that had ever been done, things went very well. “We are anticipating doing it again. It went particularly well in the fine dining area and we’ve been asked to do it a second time within the same year. So, we’re going to consider that.”

Cobb went on to say that some of the restaurants felt that if it was only once a year, people would forget about it. Having it twice a year – possibly during March and November would make it a more memorable event. “We’re searching for a date and talking to everyone about it,” she said.

Brown said, “November is a bit of a lull for us, so that would be great.”

Cobb said that they’ll be reaching out to area restaurants soon to get their input on another run at it this fall.