About Us

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Our mission is to serve good, fresh food, from a clean kitchen, in a quick and friendly manner, with prices that offer a bang for the buck. Simple enough to say, but actually accomplishing this small list takes hard work.

My family’s history in Central New York began in 1869 when Henry W. Skinner first arrived from Kent, England. My grandfather worked at the Oneida Silversmith factory. My parents, Vaughn and Sally, met in Oneida High School and have been living in my hometown of Fabius (20 miles west of Hamilton) for over 40 years. My dad’s brother, Terry Skinner, graduated from Colgate in 1965. His fondness for this community and the university influenced our decision to move here.

After graduating from the culinary arts program at Cobleskill State in ’89 I found my way to Telluride, Colorado, to pursue my interests in skiing and cooking. During my time in the mountains I owned and operated four different and successful businesses: a concession on a golf course, a concession on the Telluride ski area, a BBQ restaurant, and a sports bar. After selling our last business, my wife and I decided to relocate to CNY, both for family reasons and the availability of our historic building. We opened for business in December of 2011. For us, Hamilton provides the best mixture of schools, size, economy, location, and hockey in the CNY area, which allowed us to embrace leaving beautiful Colorado for this adventure.

My wife Nicki and I met in Telluride while she was managing a local grocery store and I was operating a BBQ restaurant. This is our third restaurant together, Nicki keeps our books straight and our office systems going, along with all the little things that keep us moving.

Our store offers a “create your own” salad station in addition to a list of traditional salads. We use Boars Head meats in our deli sandwiches, and many of our hot sandwiches are our own creations. We also offer packaged items such as chips, sweets, yogurt and beer…lots of varieties of beer. We have built a custom beer cooler that enables us to carry an extensive list of craft, microbrew, import, and all-around unusual styles of brews and ciders.

Hamilton Eatery is lucky to have assembled a great group of employees who help make our dream-work based on their team-work. Collectively, we have over 200 years in our industry!! We value having a workplace that is respectful to all of our stakeholders, customers, co-workers and ownership. We seek to be inclusive and transparent, which is why we have adopted a policy of sharing a percentage of our net profits with our staff.

We accept the Colgate budget code and major credit cards as payment. We also offer sandwich platters, boxed lunches, deli platters, fruit trays, and we can customize a menu for special events.

Thank you for your interest in The Hamilton Eatery. Clay Skinner

Hamilton Eatery
41 Lebanon Street
Hamilton, NY 13346
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(315) 825-9051

We are now closed for our summer break. We will be re-opening on August 8th. See you then!