Gull fluttering its wings on the basin block

— For more than a year now, we’ve all been looking forward to the opening of the Barking Gull. Located at 116 S. Willow St., on the southwestern corner of the basin block, the Gull, owned by the Gormel family, has hosted scores of private parties over the last decade and has been preparing to open up to the public for the past 13 months or so.

The Barking Gull will feature an upstairs outdoor bar, a state-of-the-art wood-fired pizza oven and a mix of indoor and patio seating. Everything’s ready to go, so what’s taking so long?

Owner John Gormel, who also owns and operates The Retreat and the Cobblestone, told me that staffing has proven problematic. But he recently hired a manager who formerly helmed a Route 57 restaurant, and at the April 7 village planning board meeting he filed a modified site plan application to build a new eight-by-20-foot platform for at outside cooler at the Gull.

So it could be any day now…or any month now, as they case may be…

Meanwhile, the Gull already has significant competition on the basin block: the Limp Lizard at 201 First St., and the White Water Pub right next door at 110 S. Willow St. Both of those bistros lease their locations from Liverpool Properties LLC, owned by prominent Liverpool businessman Val Lamont.

Fab Five Paul

Hot on the heels of organizing the Feb. 8 “Fifty Years of The Beatles” show at the Landmark Theatre down city, musician Paul Davie, who lives in Liverpool, will celebrate his birthday at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 26, at the aforementioned White Water Pub.

“Don’t bring me any presents, just your presence,” Paul quipped. “I’d rather be surrounded by my bestest friends while playing great songs from the 1960s thru the ’90s. Everyone will receive a little something from me, and a few special guests will be stopping by to sit in for song or two.”

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