Former Morris’ Grill space to return to use as local pub

Coleman’s Pub in Syracuse to branch into Skaneateles

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— At the June 14 chamber luncheon, Kinder said he and the other partners “are excited to return the little roadhouse bar” to the Morris’ Grill space, that such a place has become “an important part of the village.”

Bob Neumann, owner of Erie Materials and an SBA partner, told luncheon attendees that in May a request for proposals went out by the owners to find a restaurant/bar interested in going into the space. They received about eight interested responses, and in it came down to two “serious” contenders.

“We wanted to bring in a world-class bar – not a fern-bar, but a bar-bar. A bar has been there for over 100 years, starting with Hennessey’s,” Neumann said. “And there’s only place, and one guy that is the ultimate publican in Central New York.”

That publican is Peter Coleman, owner of Coleman’s Authentic Irish Pub, and father of Dennis. The elder Coleman was also on hand for the announcement, where he likewise received great applause from the chamber members.

Coleman said his son will “make this community proud” with the new LakeHouse Pub, and that during the past four years that Dennis has run Coleman’s he has done “simply an amazing job.”

Dennis Coleman said that as a third generation publican he knows how to run a successful pub, while his partners, Goethe and Wamp, both longtime Skaneateles residents, understand and are committed to the local community. The LakeHouse Pub will combine these aspects of the owners to create a local venue that will make the community proud.

Coleman, Wamp and Goethe already have created a comprehensive site plan and have spoken to architects. Next they must present the plan to the village board for approval. “We hope to be open by the end of August,” Coleman said.

Sue Dove, director of the Skaneateles Area Chamber of Commerce, said, “We’re thrilled to have you. You guys have hit a home run, and we’ll do everything we can at the chamber to support you.”

Jason Emerson is editor of the Skaneateles Press. He can be reached at editor@skaneatelespress.com.

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