a family restaurant
Jim and Carol Ace grew up in Orchard Park; Jim near Ralph Wilson Stadium and Carol near Chesnut Ridge Park. It was there that they met, married, and started their family.
After Camping in the Belfast area for a few years, they felt more at home in this beautiful region, so in 1974 they moved here with their four children- Darlene, Liz, Jim Jr., and Jeanne.
Jim had always wanted his own hot dog or ice cream shop and he was tired of driving the three hour commute to work. One evening on a drive into town to buy the newspapers, they spotted this building. Originally built as a feed mill, and later used as a furniture store, they realized it would be a great little place to start a restaurant.
With some help from their children, Carol’s parents Bob and Helen VanRemmed, and some good friends they changed the old feed mill into their restaurant, opening in 1977. Their daughter Liz Clayston still works with them. Then in 1990 they were joined by Carol’s brother Tom when he returned from California. And, of course, a day wouldn’t be complete without their grandchildren stopping in to “help” out in the family tradition: Sarah, Emily, Hannah, Fletcher, and Sydney Paige. Daughter-in-law Natalie Ace rounds out the family business.
Today, Ace’s Country Cupboard is well known throughout the Southern Tier for their homemade soups, pies, slow roasted meats, specialty sandwiches made on breads you can’t find anywhere else and of course their famous fish fries with boneless skinless Iceland Haddock.
Whether you’re starting the day with the freshest eggs, omelets, pancakes, or waffles, refueling at lunch with a specialty sandwich and fresh cut french fries, or finishing off your delicious dinner with a piece of homemade fruit or cream pie, you can count on Ace’s to give you plenty of the best food at a great price. And for your special occasions, they offer their specialty catering in your facility of theirs.