About Carolina House Restaurant

History of Carolina House

Carolina House is one of the longest-running independently owned restaurants in Columbia County. It was originally created by a successful New York City restaurateur in 1983 and was purchased by local businessman, Michael J. Liptak, in 1988. Shortly after Michael passed away in 2004 the restaurant temporarily closed, but Michael’s three daughters, known as “the Liptak sisters” by friends and locals, reopened Carolina House in June 2006 driven by their desire to keep their father’s passion alive.


And Carolina House story continues…

In 2016 Leo Castellanos purchased the restaurant. His brother Enrique had started working for the Liptak’s in 2006 as head chef, and Leo was always around to help out for the holidays and fill-in as needed. Leo has quite a history of his own, working at the Blue Plate in Chatham for 10 years before opening Magdalena’s Menu in Valatie and the Chatham Grill in Chatham. His goal is to keep Carolina House the same place that locals and travelers have come to know and love.