Skaneateles Sometime in early 2013, the community will see a brand new Krebs restaurant open its doors on W. Genesee Street.
Owner Adam Weitsman purchased the more than 100-year-old restaurant in 2010 in an effort to save it from being closed, after the long-time owner Larry Loveless retired. A renovation of the building and property costing more that $4 million is currently under way. Weitsman said he believes the restaurant will be ready for the public around the first of the year.
“I’m trying to really do it right. I don’t want to rush it,” Weitsman told the Skaneateles Press. “We’re historically renovating it and want to make it look exactly as it did.”
In replacing everything as it was, the plan is for the building to look like the historic home it is. The renovation gives contractors the chance to fix everything board by board so floors and walls are level and everything is “trued up,” Weitsman said.
“The Krebs as a whole was originally added onto over the last 150 years. Different parts were in different states of disrepair,” said village Codes Enforcement Officer Adam D’Amico. “Parts of it have been taken off to be replicated or replaced and other parts have been taken down. Essentially what you see up right now is staying up.”
While the current building is “a skeleton of its former self,” D’Amico said the enclosed side porches will be rebuilt and reattached, and the front porch is just undergoing renovation as much of the wood was rotted.
Weitsman said while the project is in good shape now, there are still another four or so months of construction. Once the structural aspect of the project is complete, focus can be shifted to restaurant operations. Landscaping and grounds work will be forthcoming in the spring.
“The Krebs was basically a shell. There hasn’t been anything out of the ordinary” happening during the initial construction phase, Weitsman said.