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Minoa: Trappers II opens

Owners Greg Rinaldi and Aaron Wood used giant scissors to cut the ceremonial red ribbon outside Trappers II last Friday. The restaurant officially opened in Minoa, attracting local officials among a crowd eager to celebrate the village's newest -- and most welcomed -- businesss.

"Spread the word," said Mayor Dick Donovan, who joined in on the evening's festivities with village trustees Bill Brazill and Ron Cronk, as well as Manlius Supervisor Ed Theobald, a longtime Minoan and former trustee. "We've got a great addition!"

As you enter the restaurant, the side to the right is dedicated to Minoa's past -- framed pictures adorn the wall and a long wooden mural that once hung at the old Village Inn, also known as Jigger's, is now front and center at Trappers II.

"We're the new history," Wood said. "And we just thought it was really important to pay some respect to [village roots]."

Rinaldi, who also owns the original Trappers Pizza Pub on Butternut Street in East Syracuse, said the volleyball and bocce ball courts should be ready in another two to three weeks. Sign up sheets to join a league are available, for details stop in or visit the website, trapperspub.com.

Rinaldi and Wood both clarified that while leagues are scheduled for certain nights, people are welcome to play either game any time the courts are free.

Similar to Trappers Pizza Pub, hours of operation vary, its latest night closing at 12 a.m. Rinaldi said times may be adjusted for certain events like the Minoa Field Days, but routinely, it will close at a reasonable hour.

"We have the ability to stay open until 2 a.m.," Rinaldi said. "But we don't feel that the community wants that or that our patrons need that. We're a family organization and it's really about [giving] a quality product to the village of Minoa."

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