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OSWEGO, NEW YORK — Demolition is complete at the site of Wade’s Diner, a local hot-spot that burned last August. Construction for the new building is underway and the crew is in high spirits the general contractor, Lance Pezzlo said. Wade’s Diner has been serving up it’s well-known breakfast from it’s location on East 9th Street since it opened in 1937, so after it burned down owner, Anthony Zappala decided to rebuild.
Anthony Zappala has been running Wade’s Dinner for 33 years, and when it burned down four months ago the rebuild was inevitable he said.
“After it burned down at first I was devastated, but I knew I would rebuild,” Zappala said.
The construction crew is trying to work fast to get the building enclosed before the winter weather starts, Pezzlo said.
“If this warm weather holds out we can have the construction complete by early 2016,” Pezzlo said.
As long as the crews can get the building enclosed before it snows they can continue to work inside throughout the winter months, Pezzlo said. The crew is aiming to have the restaurant up and running by January 2016, Zappala said. The new building will be similar to the old building but it will have taller ceilings than the old building and have more space than the old building. Zappala will keep the same staff as before, so regular customers will come back to a familiar atmosphere once Wade’s re-opens.