There is a new chef in city

David Dow, operator of A Burger Shack & Extra, in front of his new eatery on Peru Road. Photograph by Linda Competillo.

When the pandemic strike our spot in March 2020, it took its toll on employment for quite a few. Amid individuals afflicted was David Dow, who was a personal chef at Cornell University’s TKE fraternity property.

Groton on the Inside of by Linda Competillo

Acquiring himself unemployed was not a state that Dow took flippantly, so he bought The Burger Shack organization in Locke from his close friends, Wayne and Amy Morris.

By July 1, 2020, Dow had improved the title to A Burger Shack & Much more and created it into a very popular area to eat, until eventually the house owners of the leased making sold it in March 2021.

Items transpired speedily for Dow, and in just a 7 days, he experienced relocated to Groton in the previous Pontillo’s making on Peru Highway, bringing an additional foods solution to the neighborhood from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day, Monday via Saturday.

What lots of might not realize is that there is considerably additional to the “& More” in the eatery’s name, primarily that Dow attained his associate diploma in culinary arts from the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) in 2002 and is a certified chef.

Raised in Groton by his dad and mom, Ed Sr. and Deborah Dow, David and his older brother, Ed Dow, Jr., equally graduated from Groton Large College (GHS).

In faculty, David was on pupil council and a member of the Nationwide Honor Modern society, played baseball, basketball and football, and was 1 of six boys who have been on the to start with-ever bowling crew at GHS in his sophomore yr, with his dad as their mentor.

“I’d been bowling at the Corona Club given that I was 7,” David said. “And in my senior 12 months, our group received the IAC Championship and was just 12 pins away from going to the point out championship.”

When David graduated from GHS in 1998, he went on to Tompkins Cortland Neighborhood College and gained his laptop or computer programming diploma in 2000.

“I normally favored to tinker with mechanical items,” David said. “So, finding out about desktops seemed like the detail to do at the time.”

David’s very first position at age 15 was at the State Kitchen in Summerhill, and he actually appreciated it, but he claimed, “I in no way meant meals to be my vocation.”

Though attending Tompkins Cortland, David also juggled a few work opportunities — Toads, Stonehedges Golf System and Heights Cafe (now The Heights Restaurant) — all involving food items. He also experienced an internship at CBORD Group, where he claimed he “learned about the computer system facet of foodservice.”

By the time David remaining Tompkins Cortland, he mentioned he was fatigued of on the lookout at laptop or computer screens and did not want to do it any longer, so he commenced doing the job full time at the Heights Cafe, which was a pivotal level for him.

David spoke highly of The Heights’ homeowners, James and Heidi Larounis, and how grateful he is for all James taught him about cooking and generating menu products and encouraging him to attend culinary faculty. Soon after culinary faculty, David went on to grow to be a chef at the Cortland State Club for the subsequent seven a long time, and then dining halls at Cornell College, Tompkins Cortland and Ithaca College or university just before he felt he was “tired of foodservice.”

David became a qualified mechanic by means of OCM BOCES and labored in the automotive sector for a short time in advance of returning to foodservice when he turned the chef at TKE fraternity.

“That was a single of my favorite work opportunities ever,” David reported. “But then, COVID hit, and it was all in excess of.”

But it was not “all over” for David, which brings us back to the starting of this tale.

The Cortland Country Club was where by David feels he uncovered his administration fashion from the late Gerry Coggi, who was his boss there.

“I try to be a actual performing supervisor like Gerry was,” David mentioned. “You get extra out of workforce by inquiring them, not telling them, what to do. I would hardly ever ask them to do something I wouldn’t do myself, and I consider to help them any way I can.”

That model plainly performs properly for David, as he at the moment has 11 staff members — a single of whom is his 14-yr-outdated son, Owen, who can make milkshakes, does cleanup and can run the computerized POS — level of provider — as very well as his father.

David’s fiancee, Jennifer Johnson, also contributes a great offer to the restaurant’s accomplishment. She is a CPA and does all the bookkeeping and running of the entrance of the property, which offers David extra time to be creative in the kitchen.

“We satisfied on Fb Courting,” David stated. “She had just moved listed here from Texas 10 days in advance of we satisfied, and we have been intended to be. She is a godsend. I wouldn’t be the place I am now without having her.”

David’s best desire is to give again to the neighborhood any way he can.

“I operate difficult on the supper menu to provide possibilities to the people of Groton,” David claimed. “I want to give Groton something it doesn’t now have.”

A Burger Shack & Much more presents not only its well known two-patty monster burgers, but also a plethora of specialty burgers and milkshakes, salads, kids’ menu and supper selections from 4 to 8 p.m. that consist of rooster, pork or steak, and seafood each Friday, as well as its “create your individual pasta dish” alternative.

David also travels to Rochester each Sunday — his only day off — to order foods so he can “cut out the middleman” to keep his price ranges reduced.

“I’m in a two-calendar year lease-to-buy in the making,” David stated. “And I’m not going wherever. I prepare on expanding the eating area, including a Tiki bar and far more.”

David gave his last ideas on his business and his foreseeable future.

“God places persons and factors in our life for a explanation,” he said. “All that has brought me to exactly where I am now, and I system to keep ideal right here.”

Groton on the Within seems weekly. Post information suggestions to Linda Competillo, [email protected] or (607) 227-4922. 

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Absolutely free backpacks

Groton Assembly of God will be offering absent totally free warm canine and faculty backpacks in front of The Clothes Closet, 160 Key St., from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 28 though materials very last. All university-aged small children might consider a backpack, and all are welcome to sizzling pet dogs.

American Legion Centennial 

The Carrington-Fuller Put up 800 of the American Legion was formally chartered in the calendar year 1921, earning this 12 months its 100th anniversary. All are invited to support commemorate this particular celebration from 3 to 4 p.m. Aug. 27 at the Legion bandstand.

There will be guest speakers, a musical tribute to every single of our army branches and some interesting background about the origins of the American Legion and the formation of Put up 800 as informed by its WWI veterans. Commemorative booklets will be given to all attendees.

Go for the Gold VBS 

Heritage Baptist Church, 108 Elm St., will maintain its 12th yearly Vacation Bible Faculty, “Go for the Gold,” on Aug. 30 by means of Sept. 3 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. for small children ages 4 to 12.

Snacks, impediment program, marshmallow cannon, games, Bible tales, singing, clowns, Dr. Klavin and his planet-famed time machine, and each day prizes guarantee healthful enjoyment and Bible educating for all who go to. If a experience is essential, simply call (607) 591-3494.

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