Key Sylvan Beach properties on their way to recovery

Work started on DiCastro's Beach Club, renovations planned for Yesterday's Royal

SYLVAN BEACH, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) - Sylvan Beach is working to make itself even more of an attraction in the years to come by renovating some key properties there.

Work has already started on DiCastro’s Beach Club, formerly Pfohl’s Beachouse.

Village Administrator, Joe Benedict, says, “Obviously you constantly upgrade, turn things over to keep the public interested and keep them coming back."

When the former owner of Pfohl’s passed away in November 2013, the popular beachfront property started its steady decline into disrepair.

Crews are busy though turning into a premier property once again.

"It truly will be a great centerpiece as soon as you come over the bridge, it's going to jump right out at you. And just like our beach that just about everybody that comes down here walks on the beach, everybody that comes down here will see DiCastro's Beach Club."  Benedict tells NewsChannel 9.

Another major property at the Beach, Yesterday's Royal, closed down a couple years ago due to structural concerns.

The Village has recently been awarded a $500,000 State grant to try and bring it back.

"You’d love to grab a hammer and just start working on it, but the process makes that impossible,"  Benedict says.

The Victorian era hotel-turned-restaurant was a well liked stop for many throughout its many years.

It's why Benedict says while they’d like to get it done as soon as possible, doing it correctly is much more important than just doing it fast to ensure it lasts another 125 years.

He says right now the goal is a Fall 2018 or Spring 2019 opening for Yesterday’s Royal.

DiCastro’s Beach Club is booking for events in 2018.

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