Skaneateles: Krebs' evolution

Larry said they came back 15 years later.

Perkins was staying put by then -a fixture in the operation, a trusted employee. The Krebs didn't have children of their own, so when they died they passed the restaurant on to Perkins, who married Eloise Benedict. They also did not have children.

Larry met Eloise and Fred Perkins at about the same age as when Perkins met the Krebs. Larry's mom, Laura Loveless was the hostess at Krebs for 57 years. Larry claims he also came over for a dish of ice cream while his mother was working one day, and never left.

Training in the Adirondacks

The first things Larry packed to go off to Paul Smith College up in the Adirondacks to major in hospitality, were his rifles and fishing gear. Being an avid sportsman, Larry loved the Adirondacks. Perhaps his best catch was Jan, a young coed majoring in Liberal Arts. She was one of 17 girls on a campus of 750 young men.

"Talk about having to look over your shoulder," Larry said.

Back in Skaneateles

Just because Jan became Mrs. Larry Loveless didn't mean anything in regard to her working status at Krebs. She started in the laundry and worked her way up to waitress and then to the position of hostess, said longtime employee Jackie Truswell.

"I was 13 years old when Jan came to Skaneateles with Larry," Jackie said. "I miss her terribly."

Larry said that up until Jan's untimely death last month, there had been a Loveless hostessing at the Krebs for more than 75 years.

"My mother didn't speak to me for a couple of months when I finally had to retire her," Larry said.

The back and the front of the house

In true restaurant form, the Mr. and Mrs. Loveless divided their responsibilities. Jan ran the front of the house (the service), and Larry operated the back of the house (the kitchen).

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