A former pub in downtown Syracuse is making it's return: Clark's Ale House was forced to close its doors three years ago. It was a staple in the community and many people were upset when it left. Our Cara Thomas tells us when and where Clark's will be reopening.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. --This corner of Jefferson and Clinton streets looked much different a few years ago.
"Clark's has been around since the early 90s and was one of the innovators of craft beer," said Kate Walters, manager of Clark's Ale House.
For years Clark's Ale House brought a quaint English pub atmosphere to downtown Syracuse, serving 22 different beers and a memorable roast beef sandwich.
Clark's Ale House didn't shut down from a lack of popularity. Three years ago they closed their doors in order to make way for the Landmark Theater's expansion project.
Scott Ellman frequented the pub. He said, "It was a place that's been there for so long, it's such a staple in Syracuse for a while that I was pretty upset actually. we used to meet quite a few friends for lunch there regularly."
The pub's owner Ray Clark wanted to reopen, but didn't want to stray from downtown. He looked at a number of locations but couldn't find the right fit until just recently when the Wise Guys Comedy Club closed and it's location became available.
"When he came in and saw what was here he started to realize what his vision was. It really fits his vision of an English pub," said Walters.
The new location is double the size of the original ale house, giving them more seating inside and out and they'll have room for darts and shuffleboard. They'll also be adding 10 additional beers to their already extensive tap.
Walters said, "It has a lot of new stuff but it has a lot of old stuff that will remind them of the old Ale House."
When former patrons heard one of their favorite pubs is returning you could feel their excitement.
"I don't know how they couldn't be. If you're used to going to Clark's, I think people will be thrilled that it will be back," said Ellman.
Clark's Ale House is expected to open in it's new location on Salina Street by the end of the year.