By Deb Everts
The long-anticipated opening of The Gin Mill’s new establishment on the corner of Monroe and Washington streets is finally here. On Aug. 1, the popular place opened the doors at its new address at 26 Washington St.
The Gin Mill’s summer motto has been, “Everything Old is New Again. August is coming.” August is here and the excitement is high as the new Gin Mill opens down the street.
Prior to the reopening, patrons enjoyed one last day at the “Old Gin Mill” on July 31, located at 20 Washington St., where it was established in 1976. Musician Joe Wagner, a 37-year tradition, dropped the final curtain that evening. The “New Gin Mill” reopened the next day with more musical entertainment.
Giving a nod to the past, owners Ed and Maribeth Rick have kept as much of the original Gin Mill décor as possible. Maribeth said this included relocating the original bar and 20-foot back bar to the new location, in early April, to be restored and refurbished.
She said they had a temporary bar built and installed in the former location to remain operational during this transition.
“We realize that a lot of the magic that The Gin Mill possesses lives in the décor,” she said. “All of the taxidermy, quirky signs, old portraits, and classic beer advertisements came with us.”
Keeping with the 1800s design, the original tin ceiling has been restored to its former glory, and much of the original brickwork has been restored.
The new Gin Mill building complex once housed the former DJ’s Restaurant, A Touch of Ellicottville and Bike and Bean — respectively located at 26, 28 and 30 Washington St.
Maribeth said the plan for moving the bar to the new location has been ongoing for four to five years. She said ground was broken on the renovations on the main level in the spring of 2018.
The transformation of the complex required gutting the three former storefronts. Maribeth said the process began by completely tearing out the floor and digging a basement below the corner building. After that, they were able to completely reinforce the foundation of the building by pouring a concrete support in this new area.
According to Maribeth, the entire front face of the buildings was removed and replaced with a more period-correct façade and all new windows. All three storefronts are now connected through the interior. By re-opening an 18-foot portion of the brick wall that originally separated the two storefronts, they were able to connect two of the spaces together.
She said they were able to reuse these bricks for much of the additional brickwork that needed to be restored and reconstructed. The third storefront was also connected and reopened with another doorway, which had been sealed up for many years.
Patrons can expect the same hours with breakfast, lunch and dinner served. It will be open seven days a week, from 7 a.m. all the way through last call at 2 a.m. The Gin Mill Mercantile is open at 22 Washington St.
During the first day at the new location, Aug. 1, Nick Kody entertained at 2 p.m. followed by Wagner & Winston at 8 p.m.
Eight different music acts will entertain the crowd during the Grand Reopening Celebration this weekend. As always, there is no cover charge at The Gin Mill.
• Friday, Aug. 2: Terry Savastano, 2 p.m.; 2 Guys Drinkin’ Beer, 8 p.m.
• Saturday, Aug. 3: Mystic Stew, 11 a.m.; The Hick-Ups, 3 p.m.; Steelhorse, 8 p.m.
• Sunday, Aug. 4: The Hick-Ups, noon; John Frinzi, 4 p.m.
The following bands will perform during the remainder of August:
Monday, Aug. 5: Marty Peters, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Aug. 6: The Hick Ups, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 7: Wagner & Winston, 8 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 8: Steelhorse Acoustic, 8 p.m.
Friday, Aug. 9: 2 Guys Drinkin’ Beer, 8 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 10: Live & Kickin’, 8 p.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 14: Wagner & Winston, 8 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 15: Jim & Tyler, 8 p.m.
Friday, Aug. 16: 2 Guys Drinkin’ Beer, 8 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 17: Wasted Whiskey, 8 p.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 21: Wagner & Winston, 8 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 22: Joseph & Company, 8 p.m.
Friday, Aug. 23: Joe Quick, 8 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 24: West, 8 p.m.
Tuesday, Aug. 28: The Hick Ups, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 28: Wagner & Winston, 8 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 29: Nick Kody & Lydia Herren, 8 p.m.
Friday, Aug. 30: 2 Guys Drinkin’ Beer, 8 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 31: Steelhorse, 8 p.m.
To see photos and videos of the move and the new establishment, visit The Gin Mill’s Facebook page. For more information, call 699-2530 or visit online at ellicottvilleginmill.com.