PELHAM, N.Y. Scarsdale resident Stephen Robins opened the Rockwell's American Restaurant in 1984 and saw it grow to several communities. His son Marc now manages the only remaining location on Wolfs Lane in Pelham.
Robins said his father named the restaurant after painter Norman Rockwell. Pictures and drawings related to the artist sit under the glass on the tables.
"(It's) the idea that everything around here is American," Robins said.
The Pelham location opened in 1996 and has become a favorite spot for many Pelham residents. Wisdom Way Martial Arts instructor Dennis Campo said the restaurant is his favorite in town and the veggie burger is his favorite dish.
Robins said his family owned Rockwell's restaurants in New York City, Tuckahoe and other locations, and that some people come to the Pelham location and still remember the other restaurants.
The manager said that the restaurant's buffalo wings and burgers are the most popular items. The upcoming NFL season will require the cooks to produce plenty of homemade wing sauce as people order food during the football games.
"I was sweating a little bit during the lockout," Robins said of the recent NFL work stoppage. "Mother's Day is a big day for restaurants. The Super Bowl is our Mother's Day."
Robins said some customers even came to the restaurant to watch some preseason games Thursday night.
The Scarsdale native now lives in New York City and commutes to Pelham. His father still lives in Scarsdale and occasionally comes to the restaurant to work.
Robins has been out of college for three years and continues the work that his father started more than 25 years ago.
Contact Pelham reporter Andrew Meola at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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