The Barking Gull swings open its doors in May

— The Retreat’s new restaurant manager, Shaun Preble, previously managed bc Restaurant downtown. He’s pleased with the response to the new menu, but he’s always open to customer feedback; 457-6358.

After sitting vacant since December 2011, the former Burger King location at 508 Oswego St. has a tenant at last.

Al Roker’s favorite collegetown eatery, Oswego Sub Shop, plans to open a new outlet here where the Burger King used to sell Whoppers. The new sandwich emporium will be called the Empire Sub Shop.

Owners Bill Greene Jr., Tim Graber and Paul Atkins received formal approval from the Liverpool Village Planning Board at a special meeting on March 18. The owners also plan to purchase the property.

The Oswego Sub Shop, established in 1969, is located at 106 W. Bridge St. in Oswego and offers subs, deli sandwiches, wraps, salads, baked items breakfasts.

The Friends of Historic Onondaga Lake and Onondaga County Parks and Recreation co-sponsored the fourth annual Irish Road Bowling competition which drew 68 teams to Onondaga Lake Park on St Patrick’s Day.

“I’d like to thank all the folks who helped put on the event,” said FoHOL board chairman Joe Ostuni Jr. who lives in Liverpool. Ostuni praised three sponsors: White Water Pub, which served an Irish buffet lunch for all 272 contestants; Freedom of Espresso, which donated coupons for a free cup of coffee; and JGB Properties, which donated $300 for prizes.

Part golf, part bocce, part bowling, the competition involves hurling a small, 28-ounce cannonball along a two mile “country road.” Players throw underhanded. Scoring is similar to golf and this year’s winning team, The Stoners, completed the course in 32 throws.

“We’re looking for volunteers for next year’s event,” Joe said, “especially course marshals.” Interested individuals should contact foholcontact@gmail.com.

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