By Andrew Z. Galarneau
On Dec. 2, the century-old building holding Schwabl’s Restaurant was struck by a sports utility vehicle going 61 miles per hour.
As the drywall work continues, Schwabl’s owners Cheryl and Gene Staychock aren’t sure when the 176-year-old restaurant will reopen. They’re just sure it will.
The force of the collision knocked the entire building a few inches sideways, cracked nearly every drywall joint and snapped beams. Bringing the repaired building up to code forced the replacement of damaged or outdated electrical and plumbing systems.
“It’s been a nightmare,” Staychock said. “But we feel like it’s got to be done right, not just slapped together. We’re going to end up with basically a brand new restaurant on the inside.”
It might take months, but Schwabl’s beef on weck will be back, she said. The families employed at the restaurant can’t wait to get back to work, she said. Then there’s all the neighbors she hasn’t seen. “I miss my customers,” she said.