Tonawanda News — The stores have also shifted location, with Elliot Travel Agency moving five doors down so Mike’s Subs can take over the agency’s old spot, which will add almost 1,000 square feet of space and a sitting area that will accommodate 40 customers.
Sinatra said the expansion was due to a high demand at the sub shop.
“When I bought the buildings, the owner, Bob Bolt, told me to watch how many people eat their subs in the car,” Sinatra said. “And they did, lined up in their cars and getting mayonnaise all over their shirts. It was hilarious.”
Work on Mike’s is expected to be finished by Christmas.
And customers will soon have another place to sit and eat with a new coffee shop coming to the block. Construction is currently taking place on the building and the locally owned cafe and bakery is set to be open by Thanksgiving.
Sinatra said he hopes his purchase and remodel can help Kenmore recapture the hype of years past.
“The owner of Hofert Jewelers, who has been here for 58 years, said this area used to really be jumping,” Sinatra said. “You couldn’t get down the sidewalk on a Friday night, it used to be like Manhattan. My vision for it was to control enough property to make a difference in the area.”
Prior to his current career in commercial real estate, Sinatra was a St. Joe’s boy and then left Kenmore for 10 years. In that time, he went to Yale University, Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and then initially pursued a career in government — working the Office of Political Affairs in the George W. Bush White House.
But now Sinatra is happy to be back in the area, and many are just as happy to have him.
“We are very glad to have him in Kenmore,” Mayor Patrick Mang said. “He is doing a wonderful job for the properties and not only is he doing that, he’s involved in our community. I can’t say enough about him.”Contact reporter Jessica Bagley at 693-1000, ext. 4150.