Sno-Flake gets new owner |

Sno-Flake gets new owner

Susan Wood

Steve Newell/Tahoe Daily Tribune/ Duncan Sennott rings up Kevin Landers, his first customer as the new owner of the Sno-Flake Drive-In at 3057 Lake Tahoe Blvd.

If it works, don’t fix it. That’s the motto with which Duncan Sennott is operating the Sno-Flake Drive-In.

Sennott just took over the South Lake Tahoe landmark, closing escrow April 21, right after longtime owners Pete and Susan Richards stepped away from the business. After a decade of flipping burgers, they’re moving to Idaho in July.

Sennott, 39, moved to the South Shore two weeks ago, leaving the Bay Area and his international banking business for small-town living.

He plans to keep the burger joint the way it is, including the menu. The prices could change, but Sennott hasn’t quite determined that yet. Right now, he’s getting settled in to the property and business, which sold for an undisclosed amount.

“If there’s something I’ve learned, it’s if it works, don’t change it,” he said last Thursday, enjoying his eighth day on the job.

Sennott plans to spend many hours at his restaurant with his four employees, and will add his fiancée, attorney Lisa Evans, as a co-owner when they get married next fall.

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“We both dreamed of living in the mountains,” he said.

The couple eyed the restaurant upon several visits to Tahoe. After checking the Web site, he discovered the eatery has become an institution with its signature berry shakes, waffle ice cream shakes, fries, and last but not least, melt-in-your-mouth burgers.

As one of the conditions, Sennott insisted the truck bearing the restaurant name come with the deal because of its unique nature. Plus, the plow will come in handy next winter.

Sno-Flake Drive-In, located on Lake Tahoe Boulevard across from the South Lake Tahoe Chamber of Commerce, can be reached at (530) 544-6377.