‘Harmony of tastes’ brewing on Lower First Street

— Dips & Dogs served

John Gormel and his family keep us all well-fed and watered at their big bistros, The Cobblestone and The Retreat. No wonder John’s the man with the mile-wide smile!

Now the Gormels cater to the crowd at Onondaga Lake Park with their newest business — Dips and Dogs — next to the Barking Gull at the corner of South Willow Street and Lake Drive.

Dips and Dogs serves four hard ice creams, four soft ice creams along with Hofmann hot dogs and coneys. Get it? Dips and Dogs!

The lakeside stand is open from noon to 8 p.m. daily.

Whitewater any day now…

Next door, the Whitewater Pub at 110 S. Willow St., is all set to open. The owners, Mary Kay Manns and Joe Delguercio, are patiently awaiting their liquor license.

Delguercio, who previously operated the Easy Street Pub in Solvay, plans an upscale tavern menu featuring chicken riggies, Buffalo wings and burgers. Live music will be performed on the pub’s spacious renovated patio, he predicted.

He’ll not have another

Tom Peat, the Kentucky Wildcats fan who lives in Liverpool, never got a chance to lay another wager on I’ll Have Another.

The chestnut colt had won the Kentucky Derby on May 5 — netting Tom a solid C-note and then some — before adding the Preakness to its list of victories. Tom failed, however, to get a bet down on the May 19 Preakness. He slept through it.

He’d planned to put his money on I’ll Have Another again when it made an historic run at U.S. Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing on June 9, at the Belmont Stakes, but the horse was scratched from the Stakes and retired from racing after suffering a swollen leg tendon.

Better luck next time, Tom, but you’ll always enjoy fond memories of the 2012 Derby.

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