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Business renovations beautify the village

The village hasn't looked so good in years. Four businesses in the center of our mile-wide burg are undergoing renovations that'll make the old town sparkle like new.

Limp Lizard

The former Mother's Restaurant at 201 First Street is being transformed into a new Limp Lizard Bar & Grill. Mother's, long operated here by Terri Root and her son, Jack, closed earlier this year.

The new Lizard lounge, a joint endeavor by Chuck Orlando, Mike Rotella and Scott Schimpff, could open here in late-November. Its new, no-nonsense matte-brown siding has already supplanted Mother's merrier red paint scheme.

Orlando owns of the other two Limp Lizards - a restaurant and bar in Westhill across from Western Lights Plaza and a smaller bistro in North Syracuse.

Rotella - whose father, Bob, lives in Liverpool - was one of the founders of the Dinosaur Bar-B-Que in downtown Syracuse. Schimpff had run Mother's briefly this summer after buying it from the Roots, but closed it after a few weeks of so-so business.

'The Cornerstone'

The old Manly Building at 401-403 First St. has also undergone a major restoration care of JGB Properties which turned it into an apartment building that will house a Freedom of Espresso shop on its ground floor. Check it out at jgbproperties.com/401.

JGB and the village of Liverpool, who partnered on the Restore NY grant which helped fund the renovation of the 157-year-old brick building, are jointly hosting a reception at 9 a.m. Oct. 28, to thank those whose support made the project a success.

Since the structure stands at the corner of First and Tulip streets (right across the street from The Cobblestone), the invitation proclaims they're renaming it "The Cornerstone."

Pizza Villa

The village's venerable pizzeria, Joe and Val Scordo's Pizza Villa, is undergoing a massive exterior facelift that extends across the building to include Kieffer's Cigar Store.

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