A local fish fry legend lost its real-life protagonist late last month, after the passing of a man who founded a Central New York staple that would later gain recognition beyond regional and even national borders.
“Doug’s Fish Fry” began as a lone restaurant in Skaneateles back in 1982 and eventually expanded to some eight locations across the region.
The original in Skaneateles and the Cortland store are the only two that remain open today. At one point, there were also stores opened in Camillus, Fairmount, DeWitt, Mattydale, Salina and Clay.
Earning countless accolades over the years, the restaurant even made Saveur Magazine’s annual list of the 100 best food destinations in the entire world in 2002.
Behind all that deliciousness was a man named Doug Clark, who sold the business that year, but remains in the form of the smiling, waving man on the restaurant’s logo still to this day.
Clark passed away September 27 at Upstate University Hospital. He was 76-years-old.