Schwabl’s Restaurant, Planning on Re-Opening in July

June 30, 2014 Updated Jun 30, 2014 at 6:29 PM EDT

By Hannah Buehler

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June 30, 2014 Updated Jun 30, 2014 at 6:29 PM EDT

WEST SENECA, NY (WKBW) It’s been an extremely daunting construction project for the popular beef on weck spot, but the end could soon be near.

What was supposed to be a temporary closing ended up lasting seven months. Schwabl’s employees have been working around the clock, trying to prepare the restaurant for opening.

Schwabl’s owners tell me since the restaurant is 176 years old, hurdle after hurdle had to be jumped to bring the building back up to code, which is the reason the project has taken so long.

The entire eatery was gutted. The basement, dug down two feet. Construction also included new ceilings, drywall, pipes, wallpaper, the list goes on and on.

“Right now, everyone is volunteering their time to come in. We’ve had several employees here, several community members who want to come in and volunteer their time,” said Cheryl Staychock, Owner of Schwabl’s. “Our carpeting is scheduled to be in on Wednesday, which means we can bring all the tables and chairs back in the restaurant.”

The building makeover cost upwards of $200,000 dollars. Twenty-six employees have been out of work, making the push to open that much more needed.

Schwabl’s owners say they’re planning on re-opening the restaurant in the middle of July, around July 15.