SKANEATELES — People who have been waiting for the fresh prep Mexican restaurant — Elephant and The Dove — to open at 9 E. Genesee St. in Skaneateles are going to have to wait until next year.
Adam and Kim Weitsman, owners of of Krebs Restaurant at 53 W. Genesee St., and their recycling businesses Ben Weitsman and Son/Upstate Shredding, have put the new restaurant project on hold while commissioning a new plant and installing additional technology systems at the company’s primary processing facility in Owego.
“Adam has two new scrap plants coming on line,” Kreb's proprietress Kim Weitsman said, adding that the couple's primary business comes first.
But they are still working on the Elephant and The Dove as they have most of the planning completed for their new food and beverage operation in the village. The business' initial planning application was approved by the village almost a year ago.
“It's going to be casual, two stories with the bar upstairs, dining downstairs,” she said.
The hours of operation will be different than the Krebs, too, as it will be open for lunch and dinner, six days a week.
The Elephant and The Dove name is inspired by famed Mexican artists, muralist Diego Rivera and his third wife, symbolist Frida Kahlo. This creative power couple was so named as he towered over her at 6 feet tall and 300 pounds, while she stood at 5 feet 3 inches, weighing 100 pounds.
Kim said her husband, a student of art history, had spent time in Mexico City where Rivera and Kahlo had their primary residence. The Weitsmans are looking forward to bringing the freshness of that cuisine laced with its spicy flavors to their summer hometown of Skaneateles.
In addition, there are two more very important reasons the Weitsman's are taking their time opening their next restaurant operation. They are expecting twins this summer and would like to spend some quality family time together welcoming the new additions to their family.
Ellen Leahy can be reached at email@example.com or (315) 282-2230. Follow her on Twitter @WOC_Leahy.
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