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Our Story

Vernak’s was established in 2007. Christopher and Charlene Vernak moved to Skaneateles from New Jersey looking for a peaceful place to raise our family. We loved the village of Skaneateles, the Lake and particularly loved the natural beauty of Spafford. We originally opened as a country store. Our offerings have changed several times to accommodate the seasonality of the business and the needs of our customers.

Fortunately, we were openly welcomed by this warm community which helped to shape our business over the years. We started out simple, with sandwiches and ice cream. In 2008, we added pizza ovens which were the catalyst for our future change. From there our menus and offerings have continually developed.

In 2017 we transitioned from a country store into a full restaurant. Charlene continues to operate her compounding pharmacy which prepares personalized prescriptions from scratch. As always, Christopher is involved in all aspects of the restaurant.

We chose bistro style to stay consistent with the relaxed, family atmosphere that we’ve established. We wanted a place where both adults and children would feel at home and would always feel welcomed and connected. You can dine inside, outside or take out. Feel free to play a game of corn hole or one of the many board games that are located inside the restaurant. Have a glass of wine or pint of beer or take home a growler.

We kept our traditional menu featuring pizza, burgers and sandwiches, but have expanded the menu to include more appetizers, salads, entrees and desserts. We’ve even created a gluten free menu and a children's menu. We still offer catering.

In 2017 we hired Chef Filippo DiPaola. Fil (pronounced Phil) has recently moved here from Italy. He was trained as a chef in both Italy and France. He has traveled all over the world and is utilizing his knowledge and training in the culinary arts to create delicious entrees, breads and desserts with simple ingredients. As expected, Fil has also been openly welcomed by this community.

The one thing that is predictable at Vernak’s is that things are always changing. We are a work in progress, but continue to be grateful for the love and support that we feel from all of you!


Christopher and Charlene Vernak






1889 East Lake Road
Skaneateles, NY 13152




Everyday 7 am – 9 pm


Gluten Free Menu



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