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Nolan’s rebuild could get NY boost

Nolan’s rebuild could get NY boost

October 10, 2017 08:54 AM

CANANDAIGUA — City officials have agreed to help gain funding for the reconstruction of a local landmark restaurant destroyed by fire on July 13.

Nick Violas and Kate Nolan, owners of Nolan’s on Canandaigua Lake, have plans to rebuild their restaurant and catering headquarters at 726 S. Main St. for for $1.6 million, with a projected opening date of May 2018.

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On Oct. 5, Canandaigua City Council members agreed unanimously to make an application, on behalf of Nolan’s, for $416,000 in funding from the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, administered by New York State Office of Community Renewal.

Harry Sicherman, speaking on behalf of Nolan’s, said the grant, if approved, would help finance a portion of furnishing, fixtures, equipment or working capital costs.

The new, expanded structure is expected to include a 50-seat event space for tour groups and a rooftop lounge with views of the lake, said Sicherman.

Once reopened, Nolan’s is expected to employ 20 full-time and 52 part-time staff, with a projected annual payroll of more than $2 million. The completed project will also add to the city’s property and sales tax revenues and support tourism.Together, these outcomes would increase the project’s eligibility for CDBG approval.

Nolan’s LLC will own the actual structure, once it is built. The restaurant will be situated on property owned by Canandaigua businessman David Genecco, who has agreed to issue a long-term ground lease of 49 years.

In early August, the Canandaigua City Council also voted unanimously to go ahead with a plan to apply for $750,000 for a Community Development Block grant through the state Office of Community Renewal on behalf of the developers of the stalled Canandaigua Finger Lakes resort project — David Genecco and Bob Murphy. Sicherman said he believes that project, just down the road from Nolan’s, is also worthy of funding based on the number of jobs that will be created, new private investment and the boost in tourism the project can provide.

On Thursday, July 13, Nolan’s was leveled by a devastating fire that was ruled accidental, and started in the kitchen at about 4:34 a.m. after a burner “had been left in the on position for a prolonged period of time,” stated Canandaigua City Police Chief Stephen Hedworth. Firefighters from 10 departments battled the blaze while others filled in at stations across the county.

Nolan’s opened at the South Main Street location in May 2014.

The restaurant’s catering division remains in full operation. For more information, call Kristen Harter at 585-727-0993 or email kristen.harter@gmail.com.

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Melody Burri, Messenger Post

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