Ted Winkey is Springville through and through, born in town when the hospital still had a maternity ward, and he hasn't gone far since.
He runs an insurance agency, but has a thing for restaurants, which was why he opened up The Legacy in a historic building he renovated at 3 E. Main St.
He ran it with his wife Kathy from 2000 to 2006, but when having two jobs became too much, gave it up. Now he's at it again, working on bringing the restaurant back to life.
Why? "Why not?" he shoots back. "I'm not getting any younger."
Winkey expects to open this fall, hopefully by Thanksgiving. "I'm trying like dickens to get everything done," he said.
After growing up on a dairy farm, Winkey got into insurance in 1988. A life of dairy farming was "what made me think that I could two jobs, like insurance and a restaurant, at the same time, and still be happy," Winkey joked.
For most of its life, from 1900-1960s, the building was the Winship Pharmacy. It was a liquor store, too, then a pizza place. Winkey bought it in 2000.
When the Winkeys closed in 2006, they hoped that another couple would step up to buy the place.
Eventually, it turned out they were the couple they were looking for, just a decade later.
They've developed a couple ideas that are a little different this time around, he said. The Legacy will have menu offerings named after "individuals who have made the community a better place to live, now deceased," Winkey said.
Like the Zielinski brothers, who loved baseball so much they built their own ballfield and hosted teams from around the area, and hosted the Central Baseball league, Winkey said.
"They were just blue collar fellas, but what a great contribution," he said. "We're gonna have a triple-decker sandwich that we'll call it the Zielinski Brothers Triple Play."
Fera's reopened: Fera’s Lunch Hour is open again after renovation delays extended its hiatus.
The breakfast-and-lunch restaurant, 93 Pearl St., reopened last month after complications with construction on the historic structure took longer than expected, said John Fera, owner.
A new bathroom and floors have been added to the space.
The restaurant, which first opened across the street in 1975, has been serving up subs, salads, sandwiches and more from its current location since 1984.
Williamsville deli: A new Williamsville deli plans to offer sandwiches, soups and salads to the Main Street crowds.
Christine Gerard and her husband Greg are opening Main Street Deli at 5546 Main St. The space was previously Main Street Popcorn.
Greg Gerard is an insurance professional but has worked in numerous delis over the years, and has long wanted to run one of his own, Christine Gerard said. It will be their first restaurant.
It’ll be a sandwich shop plus deli, starting customers’ days with breakfast sandwiches and coffee. It’ll deliver them lunches of panini, wraps, soups and salads. Eventually it’ll bolster takeaway dinners by selling deli salads, like potato and macaroni, by the pound, she said.
The Main Street Deli will feature Boar’s Head meats, and sell them by the pound as well. Breakfast egg sandwiches will be griddled, not microwaved, and choices will include gluten-free buns.
“We have a little seating, like a bar, but most of it will be takeout and delivery,” he said. The Gerards have no plans for alcohol.
At first, it will be open six days a week, closed Sundays.
“Everyone is so excited for us to open, they’re counting down the days,” Gerard said. Hopefully they’ll be open by the end of October.
“We’ve been saying two weeks for a months,” she said. “Hopefully this time it’s really true.”
Check out the menu at Mainstreetdeliwilliamsville.com. Phone: 632-0674.
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