Niagara Gazette


February 9, 2014

It's lights out at The Pub today


Niagara Gazette — “I had a customer break into tears (Friday),” Webster said. “He told me this is the greatest place he’d ever been. To think we put together a place here that’s had this kind of energy. I don’t think I’ve been to another place where people feel this comfortable.”

Comfort is certainly one of the main ingredients in The Pub’s winning philosophy. At the end of the day, the place is called a pub because it’s supposed to be a place anyone can step into and feel accepted, Scibetta said. It’s a place where anyone can come in whether they’re wearing shorts and a T-shirt or a tuxedo, order a drink or some food, and feel like they’re home, he added.

But while comfort is important, so is fun. And The Pub’s been no stranger to outlandish celebrations. Scibetta said one of his favorite memories over the last six years was planning the first big event to coincide with Webster’s first major vacation from their baby. It was a vacation that fell on May 5, Scibetta said, so he pulled out all the stops.

Yes, live donkeys were involved.

“I went into the village office and asked the clerk if there was any permit I needed to have donkeys outside,” he said. “I’ll always remember (village clerk) Anne (Welch)’s reaction. She said ‘No, there’s no permit.’ That was our first major party. It’s been unbelievable ever since.”

With rising popularity for its parties, whether for special holidays or the weekly “Club Pub” offerings that had Scibetta working as DJ Biscuits, closing shop seems like such a shock to those who stepped through the doors. But Webster said he and Scibetta decided that their future requires leaving Lewiston, due to some political pressure they’d been feeling for years.

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