Geoff Zimmer, right, owner of the new Junior's Caz Bar at 64 Albany St., and Brian Dufe, left, head chef, are running Cazenovia's newest food and drink location — a place that serves lunch and dinner seven days a week with high quality food, a fully stocked bar with multiple televisions at which to relax and an overall family-friendly atmosphere.
Photo by Jason Emerson.
Cazenovia There’s a new restaurant and bar in Cazenovia that the owner believes will fill a gap in the current food and beverage offerings in the village — a place that serves lunch and dinner seven days a week with high quality food, a fully stocked bar with multiple televisions at which to relax and an overall family-friendly atmosphere.
“I just felt it was a place the town needed — a place where family, friends, everyone can meet,” said Geoff Zimmer, owner of Junior’s Caz Bar at 64 Albany St. “It’s different. We cater to a crowd looking for an atmosphere conducive to conversation, community and camaraderie.”
“’Gastro-pub’ is the local term used now,” said Brian Duffy, Junior’s head chef. “The concept is that you can get a nice dinner at a moderate price with the option of drinks and watching sports. There’s really nothing like it in Caz.”
Junior’s Caz Bar, which had its grand opening Tuesday, April 1, is in the former Henneberg Tavern location on Albany Street. Zimmer, the co-owner with his father of Ayer & Zimmer Funeral Home and former bartender at B.G. Buda’s, along with Cazenovia resident Hank Mullins, the business’ minority owner, purchased the bar from John Henneberg, who closed his tavern on March 1.
For the ensuing two weeks, Zimmer, Duffy and a vast number of helpers worked fast and feverishly to transform the inside of the bar to the new concept. The entire kitchen was swapped out for new equipment; the dining area was completely renovated with the removal of one dividing wall, the cutting of an open window in the second dividing wall, the walls were all painted in a soft tan color, the old furniture, bar tables and chairs were completely removed and new dining room tables and chairs were brought in; and nearly one dozen televisions were hung on the walls.