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Couple aims to transform Scharf's to the Park Vue Restaurant

The historic former location of Scharf's Schiller Park Restaurant is about to get a whole new Vue.

A mother-father-daughter trio is reopening the Lovejoy-area eatery at 34 S. Crossman St. as the Park Vue Restaurant, offering three meals a day except Mondays and Tuesdays – when it will be reserved for special events.

The family is targeting a professional clientele, and plans to host bridal showers, parties, funeral repasts and family dinners, as well as providing eat-in and take-out meals. The restaurant can accommodate about 100 people.

The 98-year-old property had been the home of Scharf's German-style restaurant from October 1967 until it moved to West Seneca four years ago.

Schenita and Gordon Williams and their daughter, Harrita West, bought the property in August 2017 and have renovated the interior and exterior, according to their application to the city for a special use permit.

Crossman is a dead-end street that ends at the park, so neighbors expressed concern to Lovejoy District Council Member Richard Fontana about parking and traffic on the street, as well as the hours of operation.

The city's Planning Board Monday directed the owners to close at 11 p.m. instead of midnight Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and encouraged them to promote parking in nearby lots instead of on the street.

"The restaurant deserves to be a restaurant, but the residents do have their concerns, and deserve to be heard," Fontana said.

West, a bank manager, said she has lived on Crossman for 22 years.

"I’m always willing to work with neighbors," she said. "I’m not trying to ruffle anyone’s feathers. We’re trying to revitalize that corner."

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