About The Jolly Onion
A STORIED LOCAL DESTINATION.
Onion farmer Vincent Kosuga opened the original Jolly Onion Inn in 1961, too great success, two owners followed Kosuga making The Jolly Onion an institution in Pine Island overnight. The restaurant/banquet hall had been a popular place for Orange County residents to eat, but it was a special focal point for the Black Dirt Region- a place where locals went to celebrate weddings, to talk business. In 2008, however, the restaurant was shuttered by an ownership change coupled with the recession and was forced to close.
It took ten years to find a new management team with restaurant experience and the finances for the November 2018 re-opening.
After the restaurant went out of business a local farmer acquired the building and resurrected The Jolly Onion, keeping the traditional European roots of the restaurant while incorporating new local home style dishes to please everyone. Keeping with old traditions and bringing in new, the restaurant is still the perfect place for all occasions. Our vast dining rooms make us uniquely able to host wedding rehearsal dinner, anniversaries, business parties, and more. The kid friendly atmosphere is great for families looking to enjoy a casual night out or a high school graduation.
Our menu accents central European cuisine- Jager Schnitzel, Polish Pierogis, Salmon Nova and the exclusive Amsterdam Dutch Bitterballen. The Sweet Onion Soup being the most popular item on the menu, we make roughly 200 gallons a week. Daily Seafood specials balance out the menu coupled with specialty nights such as “Sunday Sauerbraten, Prime Rib Thursday and traditional New York Friday Fish Fry. We have sought to blend classics in a new light with contemporary and Farm-to Table accents to carry on the tradition of the past, honor the area and offer a different cuisine hard to find in the region.
The mission of the Jolly Onion is to provide a cozy and comfortable hub for the region with huge portions and heart-felt friendly service where our guests are like family!!