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Copper Turret Restaurant to Open

New Eatery Provides Restaurant for Public, Lab for Morrisville State College Hospitality Students
MORRISVILLE, N.Y.—The wait is nearly over.

The scents of savory cuisine will soon emanate from the burgundy building, crowned with a gleaming copper turret, which has attracted attention all summer long.

The Copper Turret restaurant on West Main Street in Morrisville officially opens its doors Tuesday.

In addition to providing the Morrisville community with a new dining option, the restaurant will also serve as a teaching facility for students in Morrisville State College’s hospitality programs.

Soft lights flickering through beveled windows reveal that employees have been working around the clock placing finishing touches on the new eatery, which will serve lunch and dinner.

Passers-by have eagerly eyed the transformation of the restaurant which underwent a major renovation after being purchased by the Morrisville Auxiliary Corporation (MAC). The landmark, formerly the Town House and the Blue Lantern, has nearly doubled in square footage and now includes a main dining room and tavern where hickory floors accent maple-stained cherry tables and walls are painted in soothing colors that create a warm and welcoming environment.

The restaurant employs 35 people. Additionally, Morrisville State College hospitality students will assist with day-to-day operations, utilizing it as a learning lab to gain hands-on experience performing tasks such as waiting on tables, food preparation, and busing tables. A technologically advanced, wireless classroom will provide an on-site location for theoretical classroom learning.

Given Morrisville State College’s national reputation as a leader in technology, it is not surprising that Copper Turret patrons will see the latest technology being used at the new restaurant. Waiters and waitresses will use hand-held devices to take customers’ orders and wirelessly transmit them to the kitchen, and a touch-screen system will track seating.

Inside the kitchen filled with shiny, stainless steel counters, commercial blenders and cooking gadgets, chef Doug Walters is prepared to cook up his tantalizing dishes. Walters, who has extensive experience, having worked at the Brae Loch Inn in Cazenovia and at establishments in the Florida Keys, describes his menu as American fusion style, with dishes made from scratch.

“Everything is fresh in-house and made from recipes I developed myself,” Walters said.

The restaurant boasts three menus; a pub, dining room, and children’s menu. The dining room menu, which will change monthly, features moderately priced meals including a variety of steaks, seafood, pasta, and vegetarian entrees.

Among the tempting dishes Walters will be cooking up are grilled chicken with a lemon herb and olive rub, wild mushroom risotto, and pan-seared sea scallops accented with a buttery red wine sauce. Patrons can also choose from a variety of appetizers which include stuffed button mushrooms and homemade ravioli, and desserts like deep, dark decadence—a flourless chocolate cake with black currant sauce, New York-style cheesecake, or crème brulee.
The tavern menu includes appetizers, soups, salads, sandwiches and burgers.

The public will also have the opportunity to try Molly’s Choice ice cream, which is produced on-campus using milk from the college’s dairy facility.

Chef’s specials will be prepared daily.

The Copper Turret is open from 11:30 a.m. to midnight Tuesday through Thursday, from 11:30 to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday, and from noon to 9 p.m. Sunday.

For more information, call 684-6699 or visit

The new restaurant complements Morrisville State College’s hospitality programs which feature associate degrees in restaurant management, food service administration, travel and tourism/hospitality management, and gaming and casino management. The college also offers a bachelor’s degree in resort and recreation service management: technology management and a certificate in casino careers professional development.

Morrisville State College offers 12 bachelor degrees and a wide variety of associate degrees and options. Considered to be one of the most technologically advanced colleges in the nation for its ThinkPad University program and wireless technology initiative, the college recently became the first in the nation to comprehensively replace landlines in residence halls with individual cellular phones. Morrisville State College was also chosen as one of the top five colleges in the nation for campus activities by Campus Activities magazine. The Morrisville State College Norwich Campus also offers programs in business, technologies, liberal arts/education transfer, and nursing to Chenango County area residents and employers.