ALEXANDRIA BAY A local business owner plans to purchase and refurbish two James Street buildings that once housed the Old Homestead and the Spot restaurants.
Alan E. Taylor said he and his wife, Michele T., owners of the Lil River Fudge Co., hope to open up a new restaurant and gift shop as soon as Memorial Day.
The buildings, which were partially refurbished by current owner Sean J. Donegan, require a ton of work such as wiring and plumbing to be used as commercial spaces again, Mr. Taylor said.
The couple also will be reaching out to local wineries to see if anyone would be interested in opening a satellite location at the Old Homestead. A gift shop and courtyard are planned at the property as well.
Its in a great location and draws a lot of local foot traffic because its so close to Uncle Sams Boat Tours, he said.
The restaurant at the Spot would serve light fare, such as fish and chips, and will have a small bar.
He declined to comment on how much he intends to spend on the purchase and renovation of the two buildings. The assessed value of the 30 James St. property is $315,500, according to Jefferson Countys tax map.
Mr. Taylor said he also would like to repair the vintage neon signs, symbols of Alexandria Bays heyday that most downtown businesses have replaced with more modern signs.
Wed like to repair the neon signs eventually, but its going to be very expensive, he said.