While Adam and Kim Weitsman were building their dream house at the northern end of pristine Skaneateles Lake they felt something was missing. "My wife and I decided we wanted to give something back to the community because we are so thankful to be here and for everything that life has blessed our family with," said Adam Weitsman.
When the couple learned at the last minute that the historic The Krebs restaurant was for sale, it sparked a unique idea that will preserve a Skaneateles treasure and provide a way to generate significant dollars each year to help needy Onondaga County residents through donations to Onondaga charities focusing on children and hunger.
Phil Romano, a world renowned restaurateur and founder of hundreds of successful restaurants including but not limited to Fuddruckers and Romano's Macaroni Grille, has been mentoring Adam Weitsman on the project. Born in Auburn, New York, Romano has a summer home on Skaneateles Lake. He is also the author of "Food For Thought."
"I like Adam and his wife. He expressed a desire to try to take The Krebs and do something with it. He had to do the right thing to make it work. I think that the preservation of The Krebs is very important for the people of Skaneateles and any help I can give Adam in accomplishing this I will be doing."
"We saw The Krebs as a challenge to save what has become an institution in the Finger Lakes Region while reinvigorating the restaurant into a world-class, sustainable, profitable enterprise with a philanthropic mission. We are not going to take one dollar out of the business. All net profits will be shared among Onondaga County food banks and other charities. Even if the business isn't profitable, we will donate a minimum of $100,000 dollars a year to feed the hungry and help children. But we will work our hardest to deliver a much larger contribution!" said Adam Weitsman.