Niagara Gazette


February 9, 2014

It's lights out at The Pub today

Niagara Gazette — Last one out of the Lewiston Village Pub tonight, please be sure to turn off the lights. And lock the doors.

The experiment in fun that’s polarized Lewiston’s village community is coming to an end in what’s expected to be a rather emotional, raw day for owners Ed Webster and Ken Scibetta. The pair have decided to sell their first foray into the restaurant business, six years and hundreds of parties after opening for business on a cold January day in 2008.

Since then, crowds have packed the building at 840 Center St. for any number of get-togethers, from Cinco de Mayo celebrations with donkeys in front to their biggest party of all, on St. Patrick’s Day. They built a successful business the best way possible, through creating and engaging a community to ensure Lewiston prospered before either of them.

“We drank the Kool-Aid,” Scibetta said. “The biggest thing that got us where we are is the ‘Cheers’ mentality. We got involved in everyone’s life and they got involved in ours.”

Scibetta and Webster met while working at Water Street Landing just down the road. After they got the itch to get out on their own, they looked and looked for a place. Eventually Webster’s friend purchased the building now known as the Lewiston Village Pub and helped the pair get started.

Originally just a bar and one dining area, it took time to build up to what the world now knows as The Pub. For countless weeks both men worked seven days, sleeping when they could and opening for short hours after putting their heads down.

Blood, sweat and tears went into the business, which is why it shocked everyone when Webster and Scibetta announced Wednesday that they were closing it.

It also explains how a post on a Facebook page could reach more than 13,000 people, many of whom live outside Western New York, and elicit wonderful memories and sadness from customers at the same time.

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