In just a few short months, families of Minoa will have a new restaurant to frequent. Trappers II is under construction, according to proprietor Greg Rinaldi, who also owns the original Trappers Pizzeria Pub on Butternut Drive in East Syracuse. The 4,000 square foot building on North Main Street will boast all the same features that Trappers I provides -- food and entertainment for kids of all ages.
The building to its right will eventually be torn down to provide a "true regulation volleyball court" - of which Trappers I is just slightly short -- and a couple bocce ball courts that Rinaldi said residents have requested.
"How could it hurt?" he said. "It's something different; another activity for older people. I want it to be a little different than Trappers I. The food's the same [but] the ambiance different."
The philosophy for Trappers II, which supporters can follow on Facebook (type in Trappers II and become a fan), is the same as it is for Rinaldi's first pub which opened nine years ago: it's a total family place; not a late night tavern.
"Minoa is a great place to live," said its East Syracuse neighbor. "I want it to work for people in the area. I love that place."
When the Minoa Village Board applied for a ReStore NY grant, part of the federal stimulus, it was rejected. The proposal for Trappers II was part of that plan, however, Rinaldi approached the board before any grant offer was even on the table, he said, adding that funding was never the issue.
"I think the area needs it," he explained." It's a great spot. It's something that adds to the street. I'd like to have the whole street rejuvenated."
As for Mayor Dick Donovan, he said the village is excited about the opening, and while it will help the village tax base, he's even more thrilled that the two vacant buildings will become occupied once again.