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Name Landmark Country Corner
Description Drinks Dinner Tavern Kebobs
Address 270 Route 25A
East Setauket, New York 11733
Telephone (631) 751-2800
Hours Mon - Sat: 11 a.m. to Close
Sun: 1 p.m. to Close
Since October 13, 2005
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great place to meet a few friends, grab a booth and order a pitcher. Whether looking for intellectual conversation, to play a game of chess, to check out your favorite sporting event, or just to kick back and enjoy the selection on the jukebox, the Country Corner has something to offer everyone.
ungry? The Country Corner's menu has a great selection that includes a number of sandwiches and burgers, pizza, along with a variety of other bar favorites. Looking to try something different? The Country Corner also offers a variety of Armenian appetizers and specialties that are truly unique and well worth a taste.
005 celabrates the 130th anniversery of this building's existence. It has been said that this building houses what may be the oldest continuously running tavern in the county. Like many of the landmarks in the village of East Setauket, this building has its own unique and interesting history. To read more, click here.

Saraydarian's Gem of Life—from Turkey to Country Corner
from The Three Village Herald

Before his father passed away, 14-year-old Sahak Saraydarian promised that he would leave Turkey. Krikor Saraydarian had been among those persecuted in the Armenian Holocaust of World War I—and he dreamed of a better life for his son.
Sahak Saraydarian

It was the late 1940s and the young boy set his sights on America, the land of freedom. Yet it wasn't until 1962 that he would have the opportunity to come to his new land.

Growing up in Istanbul, one pursued a future either through higher education, or if lack of money made that an impossibility, a trade. Sahak knew his direction would be to acquire that gold bracelet, a phrase used to describe any skill that was obtained outside the educational system. At the age of 12, Sahak had the choice of either learning the jewelry trade or becoming a tailor. He chose jewelry and spent many years as an apprentice.

In a time when quotas made it difficult to come to the United States, a New York jewelry firm sponsored his entrance into the country. With nothing more than the $200 the government allowed and some small tools, and without knowing anyone in this country, Mr. Saraydarian began his new life.

He met and married Christine—and the couple would have three children. They would move from Queens to Port Washington, where Mr. Saraydarian opened a jewelry shop with many of his own creations.

His business expanded through word-of-mouth. His reputation earned him a call from the American Museum of Natural History in 1980. The curator of the Museum needed an Armenian religious chalice for its soon-to-open Hall of Asia exhibit. Could Mr. Saraydarian create such a chalice in six weeks?

An artist's dream—to have something on display in a museum. Combining his talents and strong religious background, Mr. Saraydarian created a 10-inch gold and silver chalice heavily embossed with Armenian religious symbols, lettering, and winged angels. The chalice was appraised at $8,000 but Mr. Saraydarian donated the piece as a personal gift.

That same curator asked Mr. Saraydarian to make a gold Armenian priest's cross for Le Musee de l'Homme, which he did.

One of Mr. Saraydarian's diamond and ruby necklaces was worn by Joan Collins in Dynasty, a cat's eye ring is in the possession of Bob Newhart, and a ruby ring is worn by Richard Thomas.

In addition to working six days a week at his jewelry store, a real estate investment in 1987 brought Mr. Saraydarian to the Country Corner neighborhood pub in Setauket—and forced him into the restaurant business (something he had not thought of previously) where he works seven days a week whenever the establishment is open.

Besides overseeing the menu—which bears the ethnic background of its owner—Mr. Saraydarian enjoys talking to the people. He has a camaraderie with the local patrons who call him by his first name. With a smile which extends from his mouth to the corners of his eyes, he notes that regular customers play in chess tournaments there. And he refers to working at Country Corner as my therapy.

The success of both businesses comes from working 100 to 120 hours a week. But Mr. Saraydarian is making some changes. He has closed his Port Washington jewelry store and is moving the jewelry business to quarters above Country Corner.

As Mr. Saraydarian says, Jewelry has been around as long as people, and there will always be jewelry as long as human beings are around. Mr. Saraydarian's concern is that the art of jewelry is not passed on as it was through apprenticeships in Turkey.

And so he is looking into the possibilities of teaching upstairs above the Country Corners. As Mr. Saraydarian says, My philosophy is [that] teaching is the best way of learning more.

For him, each piece is a challenge. The father's dream, the young boy's dream, and the artist's dream became reality for this hard-working emigrant.

That smile on his face is authentic—another captivating original.

— by Dorine Ellei

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