LEWISTON – The popular Lewiston Village Pub closed in February, but a new tavern is scheduled to open there this summer.
Bailey O’Riley’s Village Pub will open at 840 Center St. July 1, Christopher MacKenzie said, and he will be looking for an older clientele.
“It will have an Irish/Scottish blend of food and spirits,” said MacKenzie. “It’s going to be a little more relaxed and laid back, not as loud and robust as what it once was.”
The tavern is in the midst of a reconstruction to give the pub a fresh look, which includes taking out the 60-year-old bar and repairing the slanting floor.
He’s also given the Village Pub its new name, Bailey O’Riley’s, using the names of his 13-year-old son Riley and 17-year-old daughter, Bailey.
MacKenzie, whose father owns MacKenzie’s Pub in Beaumont, Texas, said he had worked in bars and restaurants all his life.
“What we are going to wind up doing is very similar" to his father’s business, he said.
“Unfortunately, in Texas it was very tough to convince the barbecue crowd that beef on weck is really a good thing,” he said.
Not likely a problem around here.
He said he had been looking for an opportunity like the one in Lewiston for four years.
Lewiston “has morphed into a mini-Ellicottville," he said. “It’s got its own atmosphere, its own roots, its own ideas and I am hoping to be part of that,” MacKenzie said,
He also owns MacKenzie Automotive in Niagara Falls.