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(1924)

THE BUTTERFLY CLUB HISTORY

In the summer of 1924, Hal and Mae Sherburne purchased five acres from Ernie Chant and started building the Butterfly Tea Room, named for the many yellow and white butterflies in the nearby field of the Town of Turtle. The Sherburnes hired a young carpenter from Clinton for $2.50 a day to build the Tea Room, which opened in the spring. The Tea Room included a kitchen and dining room on the main level, and a bar and two more dining rooms in the basement.

In August 1934, it was sold to Mr. Schoeneman, who operated it until January 1938. He sold it to Benjamin Hoffman. The Butterfly Tea Room then became known as The Butterfly Club.

In June 1938, Hoffman sold it to E.P. Amstrong and Mary Moran.

Twenty days after he was discharged from the Army in 1946, Mike Molay purchased the club. Between 1951-63 he built a new kitchen, dining room and picturesque cocktail lounge featuring live entertainment. The seating capacity was then 250. Additional acreage was purchased, and extensive landscaping was done. Molay began serving the Fish Fry at the club. He died in 1964.

His wife, Sue Molay, continued to operate it with the help of her employees, some of whom had been here for many years.

On Dec 18, 1972 the Butterfly was destroyed by fire.

It took a little over eleven months to re-build the Club.

Mr. and Mrs. Camboni purchased it in 1977. They did major remodeling and increased the cuisine selection. In 1984 the outside deck was built and later named Tulips.

In September 1999, the Sala family purchased the Butterfly Club.

Mike and Hektor truly enjoy the honor of serving you in this fine dining establishment and hope to do so for many years to come.

 
   
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