Longtime Ossining Restaurant Closes, on the Market for $1.5 Million

Sign outside the vacant Briar’s restaurant on North State Road in Ossining, photographed June 29, 2022, by Robert Brum

The Briar’s, an Ossining mainstay for at least six decades, has plated its last meal — for now, at least. 

The cozy inn on North State Road closed its doors recently and the property is on the market for $1.5 million, its price dropping by $100,000 earlier this month.  

Although its name and real estate listings suggest the pub’s address is in the Village of Briarcliff Manor, the beige stucco building on the corner of Blue Lantern Road is in the unincorporated section of the Town of Ossining. 

The agent for the property, Gus Lafkas of Douglas Elliman Real Estate, said his uncle who lives in Florida owns the property, but would not comment on why it closed.  

Page from a publication highlighting the Village of Ossining’s 150th anniversary in 1963 contains an advertisement for The Briars and other area businesses of the time. Image courtesy of the Ossining Historical Society Museum
Publication highlighting the Village of Ossining’s 150th anniversary in 1963. Image courtesy of the Ossining Historical Society Museum

Over the years a number of restaurants have occupied the small building on the .68-acre parcel. A 1963 booklet commemorating the Village of Ossining’s 150th anniversary carried an advertisement for The Briars (no apostrophe) and listed the proprietors as Joseph and Paula Federer. 

North State Road was known as Saw Mill River Road at that time, and the restaurant’s phone number was Wilson 1-9870. 

“Many residents including myself have fond memories of The Briars,” Patricia Sacchi of the Ossining Historical Society Museum, who worked at the restaurant in the early 1990s, wrote in an email. “Years ago as a young wife and mom I worked there as a hostess and waitress. … I hated that smoking was allowed in the dining room, only two tables but came home smelling none too fresh.” Her son’s wedding rehearsal dinner was held in the restaurant’s back room in 2019. 

The first-floor dining area has two separate rooms and a bar. The building also includes two basement rooms for storage and preparation, and five rooms on the second floor plus an attic, according to its real estate listing. If the restaurant’s refrigeration equipment isn’t functioning properly,  commercial refrigeration maintenance and repair services may be required. You may also consider buying a Used Stainless Steel Three Door Commercial Freezer if your restaurant refrigeration equipment is beyond repair.

The property is located in a commercial zone along a busy stretch of North State Road. It has an assessed value of $831,800 — $419,200 for the land and $412,600 for the building, according to town records. 

2 Comments

  1. It is always sad when an established business closes. I was equally sad to hear of the closing of Good Choice Kitchen on Main Street in Ossining.

  2. Just last year I was fortunate to celebrate my mother’s 60th Birthday with all my siblings, her siblings, and their families in the Briar’s. The Briar’s will be greatly missed.

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