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Lockport’s Widewaters Drive-In returns

LOCKPORT – Widewaters Drive-In in Lockport is doing well in its return to business after a three-year closure, the co-owner’s son said Thursday.

“Lunch gets very packed. It’s steady or it’s packed,” Matthew Mulvey said at the Market Street stand, acquired by his father, Timothy W. Mulvey, and James V. Kane in a foreclosure sale last year.

Weekends are especially busy. “Sundays after church it’s packed,” said counter girl Eliza Serth, one of about 20 employees.

The burger, hot dog and ice cream spot shut down after a flash flood in a severe rainstorm June 28, 2013. The building, across Market Street from the city marina, was expanded to include an enlarged indoor dining area and better restrooms. A restroom accessible directly from outdoors is expected to be ready next month. There are numerous picnic tables on the property, along with playground equipment and a nature trail.

Matthew Mulvey said plans are to remain open until sometime in December, close for the winter and reopen around mid-March. The eatery is open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.