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Proposed Blasdell establishment will have an ‘old-time’ feel

BLASDELL — The former Grinders Grill location, at 120 Maple Ave. in Blasdell, could soon be home to what locals called a throwback-style pub/eatery, with a fully restored interior and post-and-lantern lighting.

Local project representative Scott Miller presented site plans to the Blasdell Planning Commission on Jan. 8, explaining the prospective owners’ desired establishment as being called “In the B-lo Olde-Time Pub.” The site had been home to Grinders Grill for more than 40 years, before that locale closed in 2005.

Since then, the town of Hamburg Building Department and Blasdell Zoning Board of Appeals have investigated the site’s zoning conformity and neighbor acceptance, both of which were said to have been approved.

Miller said the owners’ site vision is to change what had been known as a corner tavern, with limited food selection, to more of an eatery, with dining hours primarily between 3 and 9 p.m., six days per week. The locale would remain open until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays, and until 11 p.m. Monday – Thursday. The location would seat more than 50, many positioned in a revamped dining area, along with approximately 15 seats around a refurbished bar. An L-shaped kitchen would also be on site. Miller added that the possibility exists to host Sunday brunches at the establishment.

Entertainment was said to include “laid-back” listening music by blues and jazz bands.

Residential space in the apartment above the eatery would be renovated into a staff meeting room and a monitoring space area with cameras. A red oak overlay will adorn the interior, replacing 1960s-era paneling. There are 22 parking spaces (three handicapped spots) designated for the site, along with post-and-lantern style lighting. The “In the B-lo Olde Time Pub” sign and logo would be backlit, with a white background.

A rear parking lot will be lit; LED lighting was discouraged, because of its possible annoyance to neighbors. The village’s planning commission had recommended that a privacy fence be constructed between the eatery and an adjacent house, to shield the residence from light potentially produced by the establishment.

The planning commission voted unanimously to move forward with a project recommendation – with the fence provision – to the Blasdell Village Board, which heard the sentiment on Jan. 22 and expressed a favorable opinion about the matter.

It was reported that the new ownership is just waiting to officially close on the property.

Planning Commission Chairman Andy Palmer thanked Miller for his plan outline and described the project as one that will benefit the village.

“Thank you for being interested in the village of Blasdell,” Palmer said. “We’re always trying to revitalize the village and add business, to bring people in.”

The “In the B-lo Old Time Pub” opening could potentially be held in early June, following a 90 – 120-day site renovation period. Miller said the site’s “foot-traffic” proximity for residents works because of its central-neighborhood location.

Blasdell Mayor Michael Petrie said that he is looking forward to a new site’s opening at the former Grinder’s.

“I’m very excited for [the new ownership],” he said, adding that new businesses opening in Blasdell will be beneficial for the local area. “I hope [the new owner] is successful in the village.”

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