Though “Joe” and “Pasta” are now gone from the name, garage remains a theme with the décor and some of the dishes as an acknowledgement of the building’s history. The building, which is more than 175 years old, was originally used as a blacksmith’s shop and was later an auto repair shop for more than 50 years.
About 10 years ago the space was converted from a garage into a restaurant on the first floor and apartments on the upper two floors. After one year of business, though popular, Joe’s Pasta Garage was not turning a healthy profit and the original owner was looking to sell. Jamie and Kristin decided to tackle the challenge of turning the business around. And that wasn’t the only challenge they took on during that time either. The same week they took over the restaurant, Kristin found out she was pregnant with the first of their two children.
Nine years later they consider the decision a good one and the restaurant a success. Changing the name was one of the final steps needed to meet their identity of an American, family run restaurant.
Jamie, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, has been working in various Skaneateles restaurants since he was 18-years-old, is in charge of the food preparation aspects of the business. Kristin, who had no previous experience in food service, handles the business side of things. Though they aren’t old enough now, they hope that their two kids will one day work for the family business too.
Though they have yet to switch over everything in the restaurant to the new name, they have installed three new metal signs on the outside of the building. The signs and new logo were designed and made by artist and furniture-maker Keith Traub of Unite Two Design based in Elbridge. In keeping with the garage theme, the signs are made of recycled metal and feature a fork and a wrench.
For more information on The Garage, visit their website (which still bears the old name) joespastagarage.com.
Joe Genco is the editor of the Skaneateles Press. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.