Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Update: City Squire replacement project gets an OK

The proposed new restaurant. (Drawing from  Lecce Group LLC)
UPDATE (5/2/17): The effort to transform the former City Squire tavern venue at 1018 Keyes Avenue in Schenectady is advancing. The Lecce Group LLC and John and Katrina Isopo have received unanimous backing from the city Planning Commission to tear down and replace it  with another two-story building featuring a second-floor outdoor patio with a view of Upper Union Street. It would be called the City Squire Ale House, and be run by the Isopos, owners of several other local restaurants.The proposed floor plan has first-floor seating for 100, with 35 of those seats on  the outdoor patio. Second floor seating would have about 60% of its 100 seats on the balcony. Demolition of the existing building is scheduled to begin immediately, with the new facility opening before the end of the year.

(Originally published 3/19/17)

The now-closed building.
Schenectady's City Squire tavern, closed for the past 2 1/2 years, may not be resuscitated, but its 1018 Keyes Avenue location may become home to an Irish-style pub.

According to a report today in The Daily Gazette, "The Lecce Group, in a joint venture with John and Katrina Isopo, hope to close on the purchase of the former City Squire, tear it down and build an Irish pub serving light fare and specialty craft beers for lunch and dinner. “

Lecce Group President and CEO Lou Lecce told the newspaper, “This has been a restaurant for decades and we’ve heard from the community that they want to see it reopened. They miss the local Irish pub where you can just go watch the football game and grab something to eat.”

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