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Getting to know your neighbor: White Star Inn opens its doors for its fine dining customers

NEW NEIGHBORS IN CHAFFEE — The White Star Inn opened its doors in December in the former Hearth restaurant location. Photos by Leo Mrugala.

CHAFFEE — The White Star Inn and Banquet Hall opened its doors in December at 12249 Olean Road in Chaffee.

The restaurant was previously home to the Hearth restaurant, and is now one of the area’s newest fine dining establishments.

The restaurant is under new management and has made many changes since he acquired it, according to new owner Steve Krastev.

“I’m trying to familiarize myself with the area,” Krastev said. “I want to see what the people here are looking for.”

Krastev has more than 20 years of experience in the restaurant business and said he knows what it takes, to run a successful restaurant.

“I’ve been in the business since I was 23 and I’m 46 now. I own two restaurants in East Aurora and, when the opportunity came to me about this building, I was very interested. I’m very happy that I was able to be successful in purchasing this facility.”

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are offered at the White Star Inn, as well as a variety of nightly “all-you-can-eat” specials.

BELLY UP TO THE BAR — The White Star Inn includes a bar area (pictured, above), a banquet hall, dining and backyard patio, for warmer weather. Photos by Leo Mrugala.

Breakfast is available from 6 a.m. – 2 p.m., with everything from omelets to waffles. Lunch is available after 11 a.m., including many burgers and sandwiches. Dinner is available after 4 p.m. The dinner menu includes steaks and pastas. Fish fries are offered on Fridays. The offerings also include an assortment of desserts.

The designated “all-you can-eat-specials” offered Monday – Thursday. Monday’s special is roasted pork; Tuesday’s is steak; Wednesday’s is shrimp scampi and Thursday’s is crab legs. Each special includes a side of potato, salad and bread.

The banquet hall at the White Star Inn can accommodate parties of 20 – 300 people for any event. The recently built banquet hall is equipped with a sound and lighting system and also includes a dance floor.

WHITE TABLECLOTH TREATMENT — The White Star Inn serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and all-you-can-eat specials.

“The banquet hall is what really made me interested in the property, to begin with,” Krastev said. “I’ve always wanted to have a large-size banquet hall that I could have weddings and all kinds of specials events at.”

There is also an outdoor patio, gazebo and landscaped lawn area for when the weather warms up.

“We have a beautiful patio that will be opening soon,” Krastev noted. “It will be a nice addition to our business, once summer time comes around and people want to enjoy the outdoors.”

The White Star Inn will be hosting an Easter brunch on Easter Sunday, from 9 a.m.– 4 p.m.

The restaurant is open 6 a.m. – 8 p.m., Monday – Wednesday. Thursday – Saturday, it is open from 6 a.m. – 9 p.m. On Sunday, it opens at 7 a.m. and closes at 2 p.m. For more information, call 496-4006 or visit


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