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September 24, 2009

 

Developer at work on city restaurant, hotel

Perkins expected to open by year’s end on Locust Ave., Holiday Inn going up nearby

PerkinsBob Ellis/staff photographer
Perkins Restaurant & Bakery will soon be moving into the former Denny’s Restaurant on Locust Avenue.

By HOLDEN B. SLATTERY
Staff Reporter
hslattery@cortlandstandard.net

An Ithaca developer has begun work to renovate a former Denny’s restaurant where he wants to open a Perkins Restaurant & Bakery off Interstate 81’s Exit 11 and construct a Holiday Inn Express nearby.
Lady Jayne Hotel Corp. plans to open the restaurant before the end of the year. A contractor is laying the foundation for its Holiday Inn Express on Locust Avenue near the intersection with Clinton Avenue.
Daniel Homik, president of Lady Jayne Hotel Corp., said Tuesday he expects the foundation of the 74-room hotel to be completed in three to four weeks.
Homik said he also expects to secure financing for the $5 million hotel project in the next two weeks. He does not yet have an estimated completion date for the hotel.
Perkins Restaurant and Bakery will be located at 2 Locust Ave., just east of the intersection of Route 13 and Interstate 81. The building at this location was a Denny’s from 1988 to 2008, when Lady Jayne Hotel Corp. ended a 20-year franchise contract with Denny’s and converted the restaurant to Apple Annie’s American Diner.
Apple Annie’s closed Aug. 30, and the interior renovation of the building began a couple of weeks ago, said Daniel Homik, owner of Lady Jayne Hotel Corp.
The interior of the building is being completely redone, the facade will be renovated and a new entrance will be created, Homik said.
Construction will last about eight to 10 weeks, and the targeted opening for Perkins is sometime in late November.
The general contractor for the project is Network Development and Construction, a company that Homik also owns.
Apple Annie’s, an independent restaurant, was created by Lady Jayne Hotel Corp. as a temporary restaurant until the company could find a national franchise to put in the location, Homik said.
Perkins will be larger than the previous restaurants, Homik said, estimating that it will be about 7,000 square feet. It will seat 166 people, according to a news release from Lady Jayne Hotel Corp.
“It’s a family-style restaurant and it’s well known,” Homik said of Perkins Restaurant and Bakery. “It has a greater appeal.”
Homik anticipates that the new restaurant will create up to 50 jobs. People interested in applying for jobs at the restaurant can pick up applications from the Comfort Inn, behind the restaurant, according to the release. Lady Jayne also owns the Comfort Inn.
Perkins will be open seven days a week and serve breakfast all day, in addition to lunch and dinner.
“It’s similar to Denny’s, but different in that it has an in-restaurant bakery,” Homik said.
Also in the area of the Lady Jayne properties are a Hampton Inn and a Cortland Ramada Conference Center.
Homik said the new restaurant will benefit local residents, tourists getting off I-81 to eat and the local hotels.
There are about 500 Perkins Restaurants & Bakeries in 34 states across the country and four Canadian provinces.

 

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