The restaurant opened at the turn of the century and was known as the Lakeview House
Hotel. Local legend maintains that it soon became a speak easy. It burnt to the
ground in the early 1930's.
A local family, the Schimschacks, bought the property and opened Schimschack's
Restaurant in 1934. It was a popular family style restaurant. The restaurant was
styled as a rustic farmhouse featuring a pot-bellied stove and red checkered table
cloths. It was locally famous for its delicious home-style meals and Mrs.
Schimschack's homemade pies. Local farmers also favored it as a meeting place and
Schimschacks gained notoriety in 1952 when Marilyn Monroe came to Niagara Falls to
film "Niagara". She and the NY Yankees Joe DiMaggio, favored Schimschacks as their
private hiding spot.
The Schimschacks family operated the restaurant until 1970. It was then sold to
Lewiston businessman Paul Lemke. The building burnt to the ground shortly afterward.
Paul Lemke decided to rebuild Schimschacks as a fine dining restaurant. He and
manager James Marinello opened The New Schimschack's Restaurant in 1976. The
building architecturally has sharp, clean lines. The dining room is built on four
tiers and showcases a wall of floor to ceiling windows. The room extends over the
valley below and offers a panoramic view of the are orchards and vineyards. A clear
day offers a view of lake Ontario and the Toronto skyline.
Schimschacks dining room is of a federalist decor. It was patterned in the style of
Philadelphia's Independence Hall. The room boasts of wide-plank floors and hard-wood
railings with pineapple posts. The bar is copper, the chandeliers are pewter and the
atmosphere is subtly calming.
James Marinello bought out Paul Lemke in the early 1980's. Schimschacks is once
again a family run restaurant. The kitchen is being run with the culinary talents of
son Vincent Pallaci. The staff consists of Mr. Marinello's wife, daughters, son, brother,
sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, and many close friends.
Recent honors include being chosen by New York State's First Lady, Mrs. Libby Pataki,
as one of NY's most romantic restaurants. Was featured on the Travel Channel as a
romantic destination to dine.