The Seitz Building
Christopher J. McAuliffe
Skaneateles The long-vacant village space that once housed the popular bar Morris’ Grill will soon have a new tenant – and it will continue the tradition of being a local village pub.
The new owners of the Seitz Building, along with the owner and general manager of Coleman’s Authentic Irish Pub in Syracuse, announced Thursday, June 14, that a new venture named The LakeHouse Pub will come to Skaneateles by late summer. Dennis Coleman, general manager of Coleman’s Authentic Irish Pub, and two Skaneateles partners, Joseph I. Goethe and Michael I. Wamp, will own the establishment.
The announcement was made to much enthusiasm and applause at the Skaneateles Area Chamber of Commerce’s monthly luncheon, held at Joelle’s French Bistro.
“When there’s an opportunity in Skaneateles you really have to take it seriously,” said Coleman, who told the assembled chamber members he never would have imagined a few months ago the idea of opening a new pub in Skaneateles. “We know we can’t recreate Coleman’s, and we know we can’t recreate Morris’, but we can recreate the atmosphere.”
That atmosphere will include a large, dark oak bar; a menu including carved sandwiches, soups, and salads; a trivia night, a pitch league and a dart league.
The new pub venture came about due to the sale of the Seitz Building this past May to Seitz Building Associates, LLC, a group of local developers. The building, built in 1822 at the corner of West Genesee and Jordan streets, went into foreclosure last year, but the Morris’ Grill space had been vacant longer than that.
At the time of the building purchase, Ted Kinder, one of the four partners of Seitz Building Associates, Inc., said they purchased the Seitz Building to bring it back into the hands of local residents who understood the local community and economy. One of their first priorities was to find a new tenant for Morris’ old space who would operate a bar and grill there “under the same spirit and philosophy” that Morris’ used for 50 years.