Hinerwadel’s Grove, an iconic clambake institution in Central New York for 104 years, will close for good after this season. Owner Vicky Hinerwadel made the announcement this past Friday on the company’s Facebook page. Hinerwadel has been battling cancer for over two years and decided that she needed to put her health first.
John Hinerwadel Sr, Vicky’s great-grandfather, started the business when he purchased 34 acres on West Taft Road near Route 11. He established Hinerwadel’s Grove in 1914 and farmed the rest of the land. Countless politicians and dignitaries have used Hinerwadel’s for clambakes over the years. Hinerwadel’s began serving salt potatoes at its clambakes in the early 1960s. Vicky’s father then began hand-packaging them and distributing them to small markets. The demand for them grew and they became a popular item in the Central New York area.
Unfortunately, there is no 5th generation Hinerwadel to assume control of the business, but Vicky is proud and humbled by the success her family had over 104 years. “To my work family and to the Syracuse area and beyond, there will never be enough gratitude for our long run putting on clambakes for CNY.”