Weekly Feature



2011-01-19 / Business

Windows on the Green opens restaurant’s doors to public

by KEATON T. DEPRIEST Associate Editor


Scott Donhauser is co-owner of Windows on the Westwood Country Club, 772 N. Forest Road. Green, a public restaurant which recently opened at Photo by Jim Smerecak Purchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com Scott Donhauser is co-owner of Windows on the Westwood Country Club, 772 N. Forest Road. Green, a public restaurant which recently opened at Photo by Jim Smerecak Purchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com After more than 20 years of working in the restaurant industry, Scott Donhauser opened a new restaurant last year — in Westwood Country Club.

The co-owner of Windows on the Green, 772 N. Forest Road, near Sheridan Drive, Donhauser said he wants the community to know that the restaurant is open to the public.

“This is the first time that I can recall that a private club has opened its doors to the public,” he said.

Donhauser said the business, which officially opened April 1 of last year, was a great opportunity for him and his business partners.

“I always had a dream of owning a restaurant,” he said. “The opportunity came up last year, and we took it.”

Donhauser has previously worked as executive chef at the former Daffodil’s Restaurant, on North Forest and Maple roads.

It was his experience at Daffodil’s that led him to meet his Windows on the Green partner, Jon Cohen.

Cohen is also the owner of Jonny C’s Deli, 9350 Transit Road, East Amherst, near Casey Road.

While Donhauser oversees the kitchen and dining areas, he said Cohen manages banquets. Donhauser said a third partner provides additional financing but does not work in the daily operations of the restaurant.

“We have a good relationship with each other as well as Westwood,” he said. “It’s a win-win for everyone.”

Donhauser said he and Cohen had been seeking locations for their own restaurant when Westwood decided to make its formerly private dining area available to the public.

“We looked around at about 20 restaurants, but none worked as well as the Westwood,” he said.

He said Windows on the Green has been well received by the public, and banquets and small parties are held each weekend.

The main banquet room seats 200 people but may also be divided in half.

There are also two other areas for smaller gatherings — a 60-person room and 20-person area.

“We have incredible amounts of banquets because now the restaurant is open to the public,” Donhauser said.

He said Cohen is able to provide clients quality service to make their banquets top-notch.

“He is a tremendous seller,” Donhauser said. “He’ll do whatever it takes to make the customer happy. He is very attention- and detail-oriented.”

Donhauser said Windows on the Green features a menu that boasts lunchtime favorites such as roast beef sandwiches and dinners such as chicken parmesan and grilled salmon.

“Food is a serious part of what we do here,” he said. “We have a very talented staff.”

Donhauser said Windows on the Green is also open on Sundays for several hours to serve brunch.

“I just want everyone to understand that you don’t have to be a member [of the club] to come here,” he said. “We’re open for everyone.”

Donhauser said Windows on the Green’s hours are listed on its website at www.windowsonthegreen.org.

Further information is also available by calling 632-1166.

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