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At Skoobs Village Grille, new life for historic Lancaster building

In July, Skoobs Village Grille opened on Lancaster’s main drag, giving the village a new family restaurant with sports bar touches.

Skoobs was fitted into a historic building at 50 Central Ave. formerly occupied by Eddie Ryan’s.

William and Lori Skubis are the operators, running their first restaurant after careers in tax preparation and bank management. He runs the front of the house, while she runs the kitchen.

In renovations, the new owners tore up old carpeting to reveal some of the terrazzo tiles from the building’s former life as Orioles Nest No. 120, a fraternal club. The building, constructed in 1927, has long been a part of the community’s life. Skubis said there was formerly a gym in the basement that his brothers would use for working out and boxing.

New dining room carpet and lighting fixtures, an updated façade, and pub tables in the bar are among the changes, William Skubis said.

The food and drink menu has been updated as well. “We want to be known for our burgers, and wings, but we want to offer some entrees as well, a pasta dish, char-broiled pork chops,” said Skubis. “We don’t want to have a super-extensive menu, we want to keep it simple, with a family atmosphere.”

Offerings include a foot-long grilled Sahlen’s dog with fresh-cut fries ($6.49), and Crack’d Corn is blackened corn, bacon, jalapeno, red pepper, sweet butter sauce, mozzarella and scallion, with tortilla chips ($8.99).

Ten-ounce burgers ($8.99-$10.99) come in a variety of forms including plain, topped with bacon jam and blue cheese, or simmered in barbecue sauce. Disco fries ($10.99) are fresh-cut fries topped with pork belly, banana peppers, mozzarella and malt vinaigrette.

Skoobs has expanded its draft beer offerings to 19 lines, including craft choices, with beer coolers set at 35 degrees. Lori Skubis has put together a wine list as well.

With 10 televisions and NFL Ticket, Skoobs is also be a good place to catch the game, he said. The first floor will hold about 100, and there’s a 200-seat banquet room upstairs.

Dining hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, Saturday. Bar hours run an hour or two later. Closed Monday, but that should change Sept. 10. Phone: 473-5674.

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