Wednesday, December 26, 2007

An end of the year jaunt down Main Street Middletown

It's boxing day and the malls and outlets are filled with people returning gifts, cashing in gift cards and looking for the post-holiday bargains.

Much of downtown Middletown was quiet, but there was progress afoot on the section of Main Street North of Washington.

At O'Rourke's, I found Brian himself standing amidst the workers who are pushing to have the interior finished by January 15. Long after the fire which decimated the popular eatery, and vintage diner, it appears as if the restaurant will rise again from the ashes.

"I had Christmas tea in here yesterday," Brian said. "It was the best feeling in the world."

The new O'Rourkes won't be much bigger, but new refrigerators and freezers will open work space, and a redesigned counter will improve workflow.

"They say the inside will be done on the 15th, but it will be a while longer before I have my flatware in, and my purveyors lined up," Brian admitted. "And they don't want me to do a soft opening."

A little further South on the corner of Liberty and Main, workers from Nicholas Brothers from Hopewell Junction, NY were placing a beam beneath the historic building at 9 Liberty which will be moved onto a lot on Rapallo Ave.

Joe Nicholas explained that his family have been in the house moving business for three generations. The two huge steel beams under the house will be joined by perpendicular beams before the house is raised. A small addition on the back of the house will be razed.

"And we've got to take down the chimneys, or they'll topple in the move," Joe explained.

Finally, a "moving sale" banner caught my eye, and struck me with a sense of dread, until I read it completely to find out that Middletown Framing will only be moving across the street into a new storefront location.

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