|New Group To Take Over Iconic Restaurant|
By Sharon Turano, email@example.com
BEMUS POINT - A new Surf Club is expected to open May 27.
Mayor Bryan Dahlberg said representatives who will be taking over the club have discussed their plans with him.
"We're just tickled," said Bemus Point Mayor Bryan Dahlberg. "We're extremely excited to have that building occupied."
Although some of the partners in the plan wish to remain anonymous, Niagara Falls restauranteur Jeff Taylor will be general manager as well as one of the Surf Club's owners, and Jamestown's John Frey, a Buffalo restauranteur and another Jamestown financial backer will all play a part in the Surf Club.
Frey could not be reached for comment Thursday.
"It's a good opportunity," said Taylor, who said it was "heart-breaking" to many that the Surf Club sat empty last year.
The group plans to change that by "trying to bring back the original Surf Club-feel," he said. There will be a family-friendly, affordable dining area with patio grill, outside patio, Sunday breakfast brunch and live bands on weekends. Taylor said there will be entertainment during the week, when a full restaurant will be open for lunch and dinner. A catering service, nautical theme and full-service bar will also be available, he said.
"It's a beautiful building and location. It's a prime spot," said Taylor. He said he is experienced in the restaurant business as owner of Niagara Falls' Justin Tyme Restaurant, which is located on the Niagara River.
"We are very excited," he said. Taylor's Niagara Falls establishment was selected Best Business of the Year for 2005 by the LaSalle Business and Professional Association, reports the restaurant's website.
The Bemus Point facility Taylor plans to open as a restaurant is at the corner of Main and Lakeside.
Another establishment, the Village Casino, is undergoing door replacement and insulation projects that officials hope will cut down on noise emanating from the club, which has caused neighbors' concern.