This posting is a bit late, as the Silver Tips Tea Room closed its doors for the last time on March 25th. Longtime readers of my blog knew of my fondness for this place in Tarrytown. Aniupa, the owner, was traveling abroad quite a bit on family business and it became too hard to manage her tea company and the Tea Room, so she decided to close it.
The Silver Tips was open for 18 years. There was a feeling of family there, a feeling of belonging. There were lots of hugs and tears as the day approached. As my friend Chris said, where are we going to hang out now?
Aniupa believes that someone else may open a tea room in Tarrytown. However, the former Silver Tips space is being taken over by Lefteris Gyro, the Greek restaurant next door that is going to expand, thus more than doubling the restaurant’s space.
The windows of the Silver Tips are papered over. Soon even the empty storefront will change, all evidence of a tea room disappearing. All the Silver Tips Tea Room will be is a memory, a warm, fuzzy memory to keep us fans warm on cold nights as time marches on.
Christina Rusnak once worked at The Silver Tips Tea Room, which is where I met and got to know her. She was a very positive person and vibrant. She had a bubbly personality. I remember her waiting on the various people who came into the Silver Tips and she always had a smile and a kind word for everyone.
I have a tea cosy shaped like an owl hanging on my kitchen wall because of Christina. She was constantly trying to find homes for the “cute” merchandise that the Silver Tips would sell. She also did this with my friend Lucye. Besides the owl cosy, I took a few other items home because of her. Christina had a great sense of humor, another trait that made her popular with people. She used to tell me about her regular visits with her grandmother.
The last time I saw her at the Silver Tips, Christina was hawking lemonade with Analisa, another employee who no longer works at the Silver Tips. I had come to say good-bye as I was leaving for Greece. When I returned three months later, Christina was gone, having made the move to Fortina, a restaurant in Armonk that I once reviewed. Matter of fact, I went there to visit Christina, to see how she was. We hugged and she asked me about Greece. I asked her how her work at Fortina was going, and she was very happy there, and very busy. Before I left, we hugged again and she told me to keep in touch.
Her career took off at Fortina, overseeing all three restaurants. Christina was a natural in the hospitality industry. She knew what she wanted to do, and she did it very well.
Sadly, life is truly unfair. Christina was only 30–far too young to leave this world.
Rest in peace, Christina. Your friends and family will never forget you.