Tonawanda News — Mayor Rob Ortt was initially criticized for pushing to spend $100,000 in taxpayer money to conduct a feasibility and reuse study for the marina and the clubhouse that once housed the Niagara River Yacht Club. But, the mayor has contended, the study is what led to nearly $1 million in funding came from outside the city’s coffers.
Ortt said he does feel vindicated after seeing the project come to fruition. He also added that the reality that the council has been largely dominated by like-minded Republicans over the last four years helped ease the process.
“We did the study because it needed to be done to do a project of this scope and size,” he said. “It’s hard not to feel a certain sense of satisfaction.”
Pieper said the restaurant will offer better-than-typical bar food like Angus hamburgers, Wardynski hot dogs, Italian sausage and beer-battered fish sandwichs, along with Anderson’s ice cream and milk shakes, wine and beer. Lumberjacks will remain open through October.
“We’re very, very excited,” she said. “Bring it on.”Contact reporter Michael Regan at 693-1000, ext. 4115.