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Allure Fitness and Dance studio opens on Albany Street

Albert’s building back in use after two years of renovation

— For the past two years people in Cazenovia have wondered what would happen to the Albert’s Restaurant space after the community fixture — in business for 65 years — closed in 2011. For much of 2012 the building was covered in tarps and plastic as exterior renovation work was underway, making the suspense even stronger.

On Feb. 25, that suspense ended when the new Allure Fitness and Dance studio opened its doors to begin sign-ups for classes in Zumba, yoga, dance and about a dozen other offerings. On March 4, owner Patty Burritt and Allure manager Allison Burritt — who is also Patty’s daughter and one of the dance teachers at the studio — celebrated the new business’s soft opening.

And downtown visitors have been seeing men and women in workout clothes enter and leave the building constantly ever since.

“We’re very excited,” Patty said. “It’s been a long two years.”

Patty and her husband Mark bought Albert’s in 2011 after searching for about one year for place to build a dance studio in Cazenovia. “I was golfing with Mary Ryan at the country club one day and told her we were interested in looking for property and she said, ‘Why not Albert’s? It’s for sale.’ I said ‘Yes, that’s a good idea,” Patty said.

They bought the building, which had the restaurant on the ground floor and a small office on the second floor, but the rest of the second floor was empty and the third floor was in bad shape after a 1970 fire. They brought in a contractor and asked if it was possible to renovate the structure for a dance studio at street level and apartments on the second and third floors. “He said, ‘Anything’s possible,’ and, voila, here it is, two years later,” Patty said.

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