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David Dow, operator of A Burger Shack & A lot more, in entrance of his new eatery on Peru Street. Picture by Linda Competillo.

When the pandemic hit our location in March 2020, it took its toll on employment for several. Amid all those impacted was David Dow, who was a personal chef at Cornell University’s TKE fraternity property.

Groton on the Within by Linda Competillo

Locating himself unemployed was not a point out that Dow took evenly, so he procured The Burger Shack company in Locke from his pals, Wayne and Amy Morris.

By July 1, 2020, Dow had adjusted the title to A Burger Shack & Far more and developed it into a very well known location to consume, right until the entrepreneurs of the leased developing offered it in March 2021.

Things occurred promptly for Dow, and within a 7 days, he experienced relocated to Groton in the aged Pontillo’s setting up on Peru Road, bringing another meals alternative to the local community from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily, Monday via Saturday.

What several may perhaps not realize is that there is a lot a lot more to the “& More” in the eatery’s identify, mainly that Dow gained his associate degree in culinary arts from the Culinary Institute of The usa (CIA) in 2002 and is a qualified chef.

Lifted in Groton by his mothers and fathers, Ed Sr. and Deborah Dow, David and his more mature brother, Ed Dow, Jr., equally graduated from Groton Substantial University (GHS).

In university, David was on pupil council and a member of the National Honor Modern society, performed baseball, basketball and soccer, and was one particular of 6 boys who were being on the to start with-at any time bowling workforce at GHS in his sophomore yr, with his father as their coach.

“I’d been bowling at the Corona Club because I was 7,” David reported. “And in my senior year, our team gained the IAC Championship and was just 12 pins absent from heading to the state championship.”

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

“I usually favored to tinker with mechanical things,” David reported. “So, finding out about computer systems appeared like the factor to do at the time.”

David’s very first job at age 15 was at the Nation Kitchen area in Summerhill, and he seriously relished it, but he said, “I never ever intended food stuff to be my vocation.”

Although attending Tompkins Cortland, David also juggled a few positions — Toads, Stonehedges Golf Class and Heights Cafe (now The Heights Restaurant) — all involving food stuff. He also had an internship at CBORD Team, the place he explained he “learned about the laptop or computer aspect of foodservice.”

By the time David still left Tompkins Cortland, he claimed he was weary of hunting at computer screens and did not want to do it any more, so he started operating entire time at the Heights Cafe, which was a pivotal point for him.

David spoke really of The Heights’ homeowners, James and Heidi Larounis, and how grateful he is for all James taught him about cooking and building menu goods and encouraging him to go to culinary college. Just after culinary university, David went on to grow to be a chef at the Cortland Region Club for the subsequent 7 yrs, and then eating halls at Cornell University, Tompkins Cortland and Ithaca University just before he felt he was “tired of foodservice.”

David became a licensed mechanic by OCM BOCES and worked in the automotive market for a quick time prior to returning to foodservice when he became the chef at TKE fraternity.

“That was just one of my preferred positions at any time,” David mentioned. “But then, COVID strike, and it was all in excess of.”

But it wasn’t “all over” for David, which delivers us back again to the starting of this tale.

The Cortland Place Club was in which David feels he discovered his management model from the late Gerry Coggi, who was his boss there.

“I try out to be a true working supervisor like Gerry was,” David explained. “You get far more out of staff by asking them, not telling them, what to do. I would hardly ever talk to them to do something I wouldn’t do myself, and I try out to aid them any way I can.”

That style evidently is effective nicely for David, as he presently has 11 workers — one of whom is his 14-12 months-previous son, Owen, who tends to make milkshakes, does cleanup and can run the computerized POS — place of company — as properly as his dad.

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

“We fulfilled on Facebook Relationship,” David explained. “She experienced just moved right here from Texas 10 days prior to we achieved, and we have been intended to be. She is a godsend. I would not be the place I am now without the need of her.”

David’s biggest want is to give back to the community any way he can.

“I function really hard on the evening meal menu to offer options to the people of Groton,” David explained. “I want to give Groton anything it does not now have.”

A Burger Shack & Much more provides not only its famed two-patty monster burgers, but also a myriad of specialty burgers and milkshakes, salads, kids’ menu and evening meal choices from 4 to 8 p.m. that consist of chicken, pork or steak, and seafood every Friday, as very well as its “create your possess pasta dish” selection.

David also travels to Rochester every single Sunday — his only working day off — to buy foodstuff so he can “cut out the middleman” to hold his price ranges small.

“I’m in a two-yr lease-to-obtain in the constructing,” David stated. “And I’m not going wherever. I plan on increasing the dining area, introducing a Tiki bar and much more.”

David gave his ultimate feelings on his enterprise and his future.

“God puts persons and issues in our life for a rationale,” he reported. “All that has introduced me to the place I am now, and I program to keep suitable in this article.”

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

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