The Grist Mill is a high-end, rustic, inviting restaurant that will satisfy any palette and make every visitor feel comforted with its ethereal atmosphere and breathtaking sights where nature meets history. The Lotus Group of Companies is elated to have such a reputable, historic restaurant join their brand.
Going out to eat should be an experience in and of itself, not simply a way to get your next meal. At The Grist Mill, we specialize in making your visit something extraordinary; our goal is to provide you with unparalleled service and food that is too good to be true. Each dish is succulent, fresh, and a new take on old favorites.
First built in 1824 as a grist mill on the Schroon River, the historic building was first imagined as a restaurant in 1976. Owner, Nancy Fitler, and chef, Barbara McLaughlin, created the structure and foundation of what The Grist Mill Restaurant has become today. Keeping the much of the industrial structure and pieces of history throughout the building, Fitler and McLaughlin set the tone for what the restaurant would be for years to come.
Upon first being purchased, Fitler extensively renovated the building in order to create a suitable dining environment. Contractor John Mason and foreman Howard Lockhart tore out and rebuilt foundations, jacked the building 15 feet up with steel beams, and added a sea wall to keep the high river waters from flooding the building. In an article dating back three decades ago, Fitler noted that the wheels of The Grist Mill, which supplied the water power to the mill, are “vintage from 1806” and “considered the oldest metal wheels in existence.”
The restaurant also houses an authentic, colonial fireplace and a deck overlooking the breathtaking Schroon River. The rustic, elegant atmosphere gives customers a peek into history and is an incredible tribute to the very beginnings of the town of Warrensburg.