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Camillus - French dining at Green Gate Inn

The historic Green Gate Inn in the village of Camillus, most recently open under the name, Victor's Inn, will soon reopen again under its original name. The restaurant-pub area will be called the French Kiss Restaurant, Pub and Creperie.

The husband and wife team of Natalia and Philippe Meyer are currently making minor renovations to the inn and waiting for a liquor license; they hope to be open by early January at the latest.

By purchasing the historic building, the Meyers are helping to ensure that family-run establishments still have a place in Camillus.

Unlike the town of Camillus, which is quickly filling with chain restaurants and stores, the village of Camillus continues to be home to "mom and pop" establishments.

There is some concern that an upscale French restaurant will not take off in Camillus.

Yet most believe that the inn/restaurant could be successful.

"If it opens up and there is a good chef and good food I think that people will go," Camillus resident Debbie Schill said. "People are always willing to try something new, and there aren't a lot of places in Camillus to eat."

The couple has lived in Elbridge for two years, although they lived in France together for seven years prior. Natalia grew up in Marcellus and Philippe grew up in France. On a visit to France, Natalia met Philippe; they fell in love and eventually got married.

In keeping in line with their ties to France, the couple plans on serving French-American cuisine; they will feature crepes and fondues, along with traditional American fare.

Visitors to the inn will be able to enjoy fine dining or a more laid back experience at the bar, not to mention being able to spend a romantic overnight at the inn.

Our family and friends think that the new French Restaurant will befantastic," Bill Davern, third ward councilor said. "We look forward to going there and it will definitely be an asset

to the village of Camillus."

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