Rogues’ pub eyes January opening

Kerry Brace (left) and William Bleck lay the floor for the new kitchen in Rogues’ Harbor Inn. Brace has leased the barroom, patio and porch of the historic Lansing inn and plans to re-open it in January.
Kerry Brace (left) and William Bleck lay the floor for the new kitchen in Rogues’ Harbor Inn. Brace has leased the barroom, patio and porch of the historic Lansing inn and plans to re-open it in January.
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Rogue’s Harbor Inn plans to re-open the inn’s bar and restaurant in January.

The “Corner Pub at Rogues’ Harbor” will offer drinks and dinner under the management of long-time bartender Kerry Brace.

The popular venue plans to offer “the ‘traditional Rogues’ Harbor menu’ with some old favorites and new items,” Brace said.

“We’ll continue to provide local beer and wine and local food,” he said.

He plans to be open from 3 p.m. to midnight.

Brace will operate in the main barroom year round and on the patio and porch in the summer. He has spoken to several prospective chefs and plans to hire minimal waitstaff and bartenders for the winter season and bring on a full staff for the summer season.

Brace and his friend William Bleck are currently working in between guest visits at the bed and breakfast -- they’ve demolished the old men’s room and moved some nearby walls, removing seven layers of old flooring and 5,500 pounds of debris.

The two began work even before signing the lease for the space with owner Eileen Stout on Oct. 15. Stout took back the inn from the interim owners on June 11 and re-opened it as a bed and breakfast.

Brace, a native of Sheldrake Point, began working at Rogues’ in 1993, when it was known as “The Underground.”

“I love the old building,” Brace said. “I missed it over the last year when it was closed.”

He said that he likes the interaction with the customers and the social aspects of running a restaurant.

“When Eileen took back over, she asked me if I had ever wanted to run my own pub,” Brace said. “I told her ‘it’s a lot of work. I’m 50, not 30 [years old].’ And then I said ‘OK.’”

Brace said that the renovations were Stout’s idea. Two new restrooms will be located off the lobby. The old kitchen will be a workroom for Stout’s jewelry business, and the old dining room will be a salesroom and art gallery. The new kitchen will be larger and more convenient to the diners.

“These are all just interior walls we’re moving,” Brace said. “They were put up in the 1980s or so.”

The historic structure’s exterior will remain untouched.

Stout bought the inn in 1991 and set about cleaning, repairing and redecorating the building. When it was ready, she re-opened the restaurant. A year later, she took back the bar and, in 2001, re-opened the inn as a bed and breakfast.

The nearly 190-year-old inn was built in 1830 by General Daniel Minier as the “Central Exchange Hotel” with 15-inch thick brick walls and more than 13 working fireplaces. Notable visitors have included Edward Ruloff, the notorious murderer, who was captured and confined in the building’s basement, William Henry Seward, Lincoln’s secretary of state, Cardinal Spellman and Harriet Tubman. Author Grace Miller White used Rogues Harbor as the setting of her novel, “Judy of Rogues Harbor.”

In Brief:

German Festival at All Saints

All Saints Church will host its annual German Festival on Nov. 10 in the parish hall from noon to 3 p.m. Sauerbraten, a traditional marinated beef dish, and spaetzle will highlight the menu while authentic German entertainment will highlight the event from 1 to 2 p.m. Bakers are encouraged to compete in a contest for the best apple dessert. Tickets are at the door and are $15 for adults, $45 for a family and $5 for a children’s meal.

Beauty and the Beast

The Lansing Middle School Musical Theater Club will present “Beauty and the Beast Jr.” on Nov. 6, 7, 8 and 9 at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and 2 p.m. on Saturday. All tickets are $5. Tickets may be purchased at the middle school office from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tickets will also be available at the door.

Harmful Algal Blooms (HABS) on Cayuga Lake

Nathaniel Launer from the Community Science Institute will present “Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) on Cayuga Lake.” The talk will take place Thursday, Nov. 21, at 7 p.m. at Lansing Town Hall, 29 Auburn Rd. in Lansing. Sponsored by the Friends of Salt Point, it is free and open to the public.

Launer will share observations and data from two years of HAB monitoring and suggest ways communities and residents can help address this pressing issue. He coordinates four citizen science water monitoring programs, partnering with hundreds of volunteers across the Finger Lakes region.

Concert Closet Re-Opened

The Concert Closet is a collection of donated concert wear items Lansing Theater and Performing Arts makes available for free to anyone involved in music or performing arts in the Lansing school district. Take what you need, donate what you can - no cost ever. The Concert Closet will be traveling to each school building this fall per the following schedule: Nov. 4 to Nov. 9, and during the musical: Middle School auditorium lobby. Nov. 12 to Nov. 15: High School, in the hallway outside the band and chorus rooms.

Be sure to stop in and get what you need for the upcoming concert season. Drop off donations, too, if you have any. For more information, contact Julia Phillips at juliatphillips@yahoo.com.

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