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STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- On Staten Island, Country music is on the surge, says Peter Botros of the Stone House at Clove Lakes Park. That factoid served as the impetus for the barbecue theme in a second annual fundraising event, this year held on Thursday, Aug. 10.

Merging smoked ribs, creamy cabbage slaw and the twang of live country music with Micheal's Cause to match, the evening's aim was to raise awareness for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

The genetic disorder affects one in 3,500 boys worldwide, says the Staten Island-based organization.

"We have a themed charity-driven festival every other month," explained Botros.

"Last year we held the festival on Columbus Day in October and we had a wonderful turnout and raised thousands of dollars for the Carl V. Bini Memorial Fund. This year we decided to move the festival to August and take advantage of the warmer weather that is fitting for the Country theme," said Botros.

Raising such a large amount of money for a memorial fund like the Carl V. Bini Memorial Fund is a fantastic thing to do and will make such a difference to those who need it most. Follow the link to learn more about setting up a memorial fund.

Nine-year-old Michael Capolongo, for whom the organization was established, was on hand with his parents, Robert and Theresa Capolongo, as well as about 300 other supporters.

And there were a few other partnerships at the event as well.

Anthony Valois of The Smoke Exchange, for instance, donated his time to the charity by personally smoking and basting over 300 pounds of succulent ribs, pork butt, and brisket.

As Stone House staff sliced the brisket on the bias, revelers piled the meat high on plates alongside a Southwestern-style macaroni and cheese, smoky sauteed spinach and collard greens, pulled pork, a rich potato salad plus other distinct and fresh side dishes.

"We have a unique opportunity to use our beautiful venue to help raise awareness and money for local Staten Island charitable organizations, creating themed events that help us get a much better turnout than the usual boring fundraiser where it seems more like a chore or an obligation to attend," said Botros.

"We want these events to be spectacular so that people look forward to attending and we can raise more money. We like to support as many local charities as possible and are currently looking to link up with more organizations for future events like this one," said Botros.

Interested not-for-profits can contact the proprietor at info@thomasd112.sg-host.com.

In the meantime, as announced at the prior fundraising fete, Violette's Cellar in Grant City is underway at 2271 Hylan Blvd., a restaurant with profits eventually slated toward cancer research.  

"Violette's Cellar renovations are progressing at an amazing pace and we have had tremendous support...Since word spread that we were doing this, we have had an outpouring of support. We even have a flooring contractor, John Defrancesco of Superior Decorative Concrete, donating his time and [at cost] putting in the coolest floors I have ever seen," said Botros.

Owner | Peter Botros
Seating capacity | 500
Signature dish | Tuna Tartare
Peter’s Favorite Dish | Cookie Butter Mousse
Hours of operation | Monday – Thursday: Noon – 10 pm; Friday & Saturday: Noon – 11 pm;
Sunday 11 am – 9pmAt
At the Stone House at Clove Lakes, guests can treat themselves to a fine-dining experience and an escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Situated right on the water in Clove Lakes Park, the tranquil setting invites patrons to unwind while they indulge in an elegant meal. When owner Peter Botros took over the restaurant last year, under an agreement from the Parks Department, which owns the land, he immediately went to work to improve the breathtaking building that houses the restaurant.
Now, with resurfaced wooden beams in the main dining room around a built-in fireplace and new gazebos that bookend the outside seating area just feet from the lake, the natural beauty of The Stone House’s architecture has been enhanced to let diners take full advantage of one of the most unique restaurants in the borough.“Most of the things we did, I’d call them restorations, not renovations,” says Peter, who has about 20 years of experience in the restaurant industry. “Food-wise, we’re contemporary American, and everything is made from scratch. We only change our menu three or four times a year. We try to take dishes people are comfortable with and play with the way they are presented, but not be intimidating.”With a diverse set of appetizers ranging from pear and bleu cheese empanadas to tuna tartare, a fully-stocked raw bar, and various fish, lamb, and steak entrees, The Stone House’s a la carte menu offers the perfect meal for diners to celebrate a special occasion or treat themselves to a fancy day out. Live entertainment is performed every day, with salsa and dance parties held on Wednesdays and Thursdays during the summer months. Borough residents who are looking to take fine dining to another level might be interested in booking a reservation at a newer section of The Stone House: The Chef’s Loft, only open on Saturday nights, where Peter and his staff put their creative twists on their menu.
A short trip up the spiral staircase to the Chef’s Loft places you in a whole different culinary world. A backlit Himalayan sea salt wall and candle-lit tables create a welcoming ambiance inside the intimate 20-seat room, where Peter and his staff cook the five-course meal in front of their guests.“In the Chef’s Loft, every course is paired with a wine, and we get very creative with what we cook and offer, with the way we present the food and the combinations of ingredients,” Peter says. The menu for the Chef’s Loft changes monthly and reservations are required.
The Stone House also offers off-premise catering and can host events and parties for all occasions, with a fully customizable menu.

To partake in a relaxing and upscale dining experience with an unmatched ambiance in Staten Island, book a reservation at The Stone House.