What's happening at three CNY business locations: Your Stories

(WSYR-TV) - One of the most common calls coming into the newsroom's Your Stories line is about what's happening at the sites of Central New York businesses that have closed their doors.

Recently, NewsChannel 9 received calls and emails about three locations including places in the town of Salina, the city of Syracuse and the town of Skaneateles.

Town of Salina:

The site of the former Steak and Sundae Restaurant closed a few months ago due to the owner having health issues.

Since then, Salina Town Supervisor Mark Nicotra says the building has been sold. Nicotra says the new owners are looking for someone to run the restaurant. 

If they don't find someone to operate it, they plan to reopen the restaurant and run it themselves. There is no official timeline on when it may reopen.


The site of the former Byrne Dairy at the corner of Milder Avenue and James Street has been transformed into Big Mike's Market & More.

The city of Syracuse confirms the spot plans to cook and serve food on site -- neither of which was done at the Byrne Dairy previously. This requires both a hood permit and a special permit. Both of these applications require approval from both the Syracuse City Planning Commission and the Common Council.

NewsChannel 9 spoke to the owner of Big Mike's over the phone. He says he hopes to get the permits soon and open in a few weeks.

Town of Skaneateles:

The Skaneateles Town Planning and Zoning Office tells NewsChannel 9 the former Bird's Nest Motel, now known as Skaneateles Springs, was approved this March for a new hotel with guest rooms, cottages and amenities.

The town says the project is currently on hold as the village finishes water improvements to the east side of Skaneateles. They say this may increase the fire flow pressure (water pressure needed for hydrants) for the area where the property is located. 

There are also other agency approvals needed before construction can begin.

If you have a question for the Your Stories team, email YourStories@LocalSYR.com.

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