Lake Placid restaurateur Ed Kane eulogized by officials

Ed Kane at work
Ed Kane, founder and owner of the Great Adirondack Steak & Seafood Company and the Great Adirondack Brewing Company, died on January 14 at the age of 86, and this week the community said its goodbyes, according to the Adirondack Daily Enterprise.

Kane, a native of Brooklyn and a former U.S. Marine, joined the Lake Placid food-and-beverage scene in 1982 when he purchased The Artist’s Cafe at 1 Main Street in the village.

 “I’m certainly going to miss him for all of the years he would step out of his office and walk around Mirror Lake,” Lake Placid Mayor Craig Randall said Tuesday at the village board meeting. “I remember seeing him every day making that walk around the lake. He was religious about that. And certainly our sympathies go out to his family.”

Village Trustee Art Devlin added, “He was one of Lake Placid’s colorful characters. Lake Placid is known for having quite a few. He’s a good guy who cared about Lake Placid and wasn’t afraid to get up and speak his mind, which a lot of people aren’t always inclined to do. He’s certainly going to be missed.”

Fred, Willie and Rob, the sons of Ed and Joan Kane, continue the family tradition at the steak and seafood restaurant on Main Street, which they opened in 1987, and the brewing company, established in 1998. The family operated the Artist’s Cafe until 2001.

In keeping with Ed's wishes, there is no formal service, but the family said it will celebrate his  life in the spring, and his cremains will be placed in the Sussdorff Family Cemetery in Port Kent.
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