Your Stories Q&A: An update to bring new life to a closed restaurant, bowling alley in Skaneateles

SKANEATELES, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — You ask, we answer!

Some of our viewers are asking for an update on the plan to bring an old bowling alley out of the gutter.

Viewer Question: When will work begin on the old Hilltop Restaurant, and Cedar Hill bowling center in Skaneateles?

We first told you about this project last year. The Woodbine Group, wants to restore and transform the run-down building into a proud gathering spot, that dates back to the 1960’s.

Woodbine is planning a development that calls for bowling lanes, a golf simulator, arcade, a beer tasting room, a restaurant with plenty of outside dining, a coffee shop, and 20 hotel rooms.

Woodbine Group President, Tom Fernandez, said the plan is to keep the portion of the building that was the bowling alley. The group is trying to preserve the old wood beams, that locals will remember.

Courtesy: Woodbine Group.

Fernandez described the bowling alley as a, “tough old building” and preserving the past has required, “extra engineering” which has caused project delays.

But construction seems to be picking up. Fernandez said foundation work happened a few weeks ago and framing work should start in about a month.

Fernandez adds the hope is for construction to be completed by the end of the year. Though he cautioned the timeline could change if they run into more issues trying to transform and add to the old building.

Rendering of project from Woodbine Group

As for a name, the Woodbine Group has yet to settle on one. Fernandez said they were learning toward Skaneateles Social, but that is no longer an option.

We’ll keep you posted!

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