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Curley’s Restaurant, Auburn landmark, to reopen under new ownership

A Throop man has purchased an Auburn landmark and plans to reopen it next year.

Curley’s Restaurant closed during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020

The Citizen reports Joe Smith has purchased Curley’s Restaurant on State St. from the Dello Stritto family, which has owned the popular eatery since 1933. Curley’s closed in 2020, due to the restrictions brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, but Smith plans to have it back in operation sometime next year.

From Curley’s Facebook page

Smith acquired the restaurant last week for $400,000. It includes a 1,700-square-foot deck overlooking the Owasco River. Smith, who owns Lakeside Construction, plans to make renovations over the next few months but plans to keep as much of Curley’s original character as possible. He has found a contractor in Elbridge that can supply the same type of bricks used in the restaurant’s original construction.

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What kind of food will the new Curley’s serve?

Smith says he plans to shift Curley’s menu from Italian to pub-style. He also plans to renovate two apartments above the restaurant for rental use or to become Airbnb units. Smith says the Dello Stritto family has been very helpful during the transition. He hopes to reopen within three to four months.

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