Prospective owner seeks grant for Pickering Pub work in Canandaigua

The venerable Pickering Pub on South Main Street may be getting a new owner and a makeover, but a federal grant may be necessary to get it done.

Patrick Gleason of Canandaigua wants to buy the building and complete roughly $160,000 worth of renovations — including adding rooftop dining — as part of an overall $400,000 project.

The bar’s new focus would be on specialty and craft cocktails and higher-end wines, along with craft beer and specialty, small-plate dishes, Gleason said.

“It needs a lot of love, and I’m prepared to do it, but I need a little bit of help,” Gleason said.

Gleason is asking City Council for help in applying for a $100,000 small business economic development grant through the New York Office of Community Renewal, which administers federal funding through the Community Development Block Grant program.

This is the same process that helped Nolan’s on Canandaigua Lake rebuild after a fire destroyed the restaurant building in 2017.

City Manager John Goodwin said Gleason is on the hook for paying and hiring a grant writer — he plans to use the same firm that successfully obtained the grant for Nolan’s — as well as environmental review costs.

“Essentially, we are only a conduit to access this money,” Goodwin said during a City Council planning and development committee meeting Tuesday night.

Gleason is planning to have 12 to 15 tables for dining downtairs, with another eight to 12 tables on the upstairs patio. Not including himself, Gleason is planning to create four full-time jobs and two part-time jobs, which is a requirement of the grant.

Basically, the whole building — which he said hasn’t been renovated since the 1980s — will be freshened up, he said.

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