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Iconic Jonesville Store in Saratoga becoming Italian fine-dining

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From its creation 160 years ago, the Jonesville Store became an Saratoga County landmark, morphing from rural grocery store to restaurant and country store in the Clifton Park hamlet of Jonesville. That all came to an end in 2011 when it was sold to new owners who closed it the next summer.

It changed names, and owners again, in a brief revival in late 2012 when it began operating as Shirley's Café. That, however, lasted only a few months after abruptly being shuttered. But, that isn't the end of the venue as a place of hospitality.

Local businessman Sean Lee said Thursday he has closed on the purchase of the property which he hopes to develop into a fine-dining Italian restaurant to be named Rocco’s. Right now, he is doing the renovation dance with town officials because the building, located at 989 Main Street, is a historic structure, which means it has its own particular set of requirements. At this time, Lee says he has no specific details of his structural plans to reveal for Rocco's because of the need to go through a number of boards and committees before any physical work can begin.

Lee also owns the Halfmoon Sandwich and Salad Shoppe at 1613 Route 9 in Saratoga County. It specializes in sandwiches ranging from cold cuts on hard rolls, grilled paninis, and its signature Lumberjack. Phone: (518) 371-2902.

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