Thirsty throngs wet whistles at White Water Pub

— After a lengthy wait for the state liquor license which now hangs safely behind the bar, the White Water Pub flung open its doors at 110 S. Willow St. on Monday, July 9, to welcome thirsty throngs to its impressive indoor bar and pleasant patio.

Owned by MaryKay Manns, the new pub boasts a classy, dark oak interior and a casual, sun-soaked deck.

Merry mixologist Dave Caramanna oversees the beverage service while chef Larry Pavese – formerly of Bayberry’s Cucina di Amore — creates the club’s cuisine. “We call Larry ‘The Keeper of the Grub,’” quipped Manns, who gained managing experience at both Sharkey’s and the Limp Lizard Lounge in Liverpool.

On Tuesday — during its first full day of operation — cars crammed into the parking lot behind the building that previously housed Henning’s Wharf, Salty’s by the Lake and Two Girls. But thanks to the wood-working wizardry of MaryKay’s husband, Mike, the White Water will quickly dispel memories of all that went before.

After only a week’s operation, the lighthouse-topped bistro is drawing rave reviews from customers.

“It’s a great place,” exclaimed Travis Amyot who lives in Liverpool. “I was blown away by how nice it was, and my friends and I think we found a new summer hang.”

MaryKay praised her staff for smoothing out a few initial rough spots.

“We had an overwhelming response to our opening,” she said, “and we’re humbled and excited at the same time. I hope everyone comes to play with us by the lake.”

Suds, seafood, sandwiches

While brew connoisseurs swig drafts of Yuengling, Guinness and Sam Adams, those hungering for something more substantial than hops and grains are soon satisfied. The White Water’s menu ranges from standards such as steak hoagies and chicken fingers to fascinating culinary creations like mini-Maryland crab balls, deep-fried meatballs and filet mignon cubes soaked in soy and skewered with mushrooms, onions, peppers and pineapple.

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