SYLVAN BEACH, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — After being closed the past few years, Sylvan Beach’s iconic Yesterday’s Royal is on the road to recovery.
A $500,000 Restore NY grant from the State is helping get the renovation work going, with hopes of having the historic venue open before Labor Day.
Contractors have already finished work to shore up the foundation, which had become so unsafe, Yesterday’s Royal was closed a few years ago.
“It’s an iconic building, it doesn’t look it right now, but it is an iconic building for the Village and I think it also demonstrates a commitment from the State to Sylvan Beach,” says Sylvan Beach Village Administrator Michael Sayles.
Village Mayor Greg Horan adds, “It’s great to see something like this happen to Sylvan Beach. It’s been closed for a few years now and we get a lot of questions about it and we’re very happy that it’s moving forward.”
The work is temporarily on hold while they wait for about $130,000 worth of period-accurate windows to replace the glass in there now.
The contractor will also have to shore up the roof. Sayles says a sizeable portion of it needs to be replaced.
He also tells NewsChannel 9, “The inside, the bar area is all wrapped and the original bar is in really good shape and that’s going to be reused and I think it’s going to be a cool place again.”
The project comes just in time. Mayor Horan says it was in such bad shape, Yesterday’s Royal was in danger of having to be torn down.
“We just didn’t want to accept the alternative. Nobody wanted to accept the fact that it was going to have to be taken down because, again, it’s a landmark, it’s a cornerstone. You come over the bridge into Sylvan Beach and you see the beautiful water and all the scenery and it fits in and Yesterday’s Royal is right there, it’s front and center,” Horan says.
The goal is to have the work done so Yesterday’s Royal can be open again before Labor Day.