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The Landmark Restaurant reopened last week, after closing for the summer. The restaurant has undergone extensive renovations which include a brand new outdoor dining area for the enjoyment of the community. Pati Centi, owner of the catering business, expressed her desire to invest in Jamestown because of her commitment to the community. Photo of PJ by Timothy Frudd

The Landmark Restaurant is delighted to welcome customers back as it completes renovations to its outdoor dining space.

The restaurant, located at 516 W. 4th St., reopened Friday after being closed due to a staff shortage during the summer months while the Watermark in Mayville was operating.

Pati Centi, owner of Landmark and Watermark businesses, said the COVID-19 pandemic has caused restaurants to emphasize outdoor dining spaces. Centi said the Landmark’s outdoor dining area needed updating.

Joe Flikkema of Snowy Mountain Design was tasked with designing the Landmark’s new outdoor dining space, after which Pati Centi and her husband Steve Centi hired Sean Cobb as general manager of the project.

“It was falling apart” said Pati Centi. “We took the time and hired Sean to create this beautiful space for us which tripled the outdoor seating.”

Steve Centi said the restaurant has looked into potential liability issues due to bulging bricks on the sidewalk and driveway next to the Landmark.

The former outdoor seating area was originally part of a multi-story structure that served as the original building on the property in 1884. The area had been converted to an outdoor dining area after a previous fire in the building, but has been left exposed to water and snow for many years.

“He was fully exposed to the elements,” Centi said. “The freeze-thaw was what really broke everything.”

Centi said the ceiling slab collapsed when contractors began removing the old outdoor dining space.

The Landmark’s new outdoor dining space now has a metal roof and has been designed to withstand snow and rain.

The recently renovated outdoor dining area has also been extended.

The Landmark acquired some of the alley space behind the restaurant, allowing Cobb to create a larger outdoor dining space for guest enjoyment.

The scope of the project was enormous. Centi said 30 tons of stone were needed to fill the space between the layers of cement for the flooring, each of the wooden beams used to support the roof weighed between 1,500 and 1,800 pounds and the project required a variety of machinery heavy.

In addition to Cobb’s work, the Landmark hired Craig Lawergren as a mason for the project. Lawergren had to replace most of the brick for the outdoor dining area, as most of the brick was falling apart.

Pati Centi said the building has been an iconic part of the community for many years. While Centi and her husband didn’t want to have to remove part of the old building, she said it was necessary.

“This building, as a former Ironstone and now a Landmark, has been a part of everyone’s life forever,” she says. “This building is part of everyone’s history. He had to come down. Even if we didn’t want to, we had to. »

While the old structure was to be demolished and renovated, Centi said the new outdoor dining space was designed to give the impression that “It has always been like this.”

Steve Centi described the renovations as a “Renaissance” for the restaurant’s outdoor dining area, which he says has “peaked interest” from the community.

In addition to renovations to the exterior dining area, the Landmark also renovated the interior hallway, which had experienced leaking issues.

“It’s our responsibility under our lease, that we have to take care of all of this,” Centi said.

As a result, the restaurant remodeled part of the interior hallway with new drywall, paint, and vinyl.

Cobb expects the final renovations to be completed within the next three weeks; however, the Landmark is already discussing future upgrades for the property. Centi said the restaurant plans to create a “green area” landscaping along the driveway next to the outdoor dining area and creating a safer area behind the restaurant.

As the owner of the business, Pati Centi said she is ready to continue making improvements to her restaurant to benefit the community.

“I’m investing in it because I believe in downtown Jamestown,” she says. “I love this building. We’ve been closed for 10 weeks, and it’s amazing how many people you miss because you don’t see them. Guests who come here are like family. Jamestown is a great community , always very positive to see someone doing something new.

Centi said the Landmark’s total capacity is about 250 people with the addition of expanded outdoor seating. The restaurant has a bar and lounge, banquet hall, dining room and a new outdoor seating area.

“Each room has a different vibe” she says.

Both Pati and Steve Centi expressed their satisfaction with Cobb’s renovations. Pati Centi said guests who came for the restaurant’s reopening last week were very pleased with the new changes and improvements.

Steve Centi said everyone who saw the new outdoor dining space was “amazed and blown away by this.”

While the Landmark Restaurant looks forward to a bright future, the restaurant has experienced the same challenges that other restaurants have faced during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Landmark closed from mid-February 2020 to October.

“A lot of restaurants closed during COVID-19 and never came back,” Centi said. “In the second quarter of 2020, we had no income. In fact, we were lucky, because we got two of the PPP loans. Those grant funds that came in were the only thing that really saved us, if not we would no longer be in business. Business would have ceased a long time ago.

Pati Centi said the pandemic has caused restaurateurs to “reinvent” their businesses. She said the business needed to make many changes between learning to do take-out orders, social distancing in the restaurant and offering more outdoor dining options.

With the restaurant’s renovations nearing completion, Centi said she’s excited for the community to experience the restaurant’s new outdoor dining space, while continuing to enjoy the other dining options inside the restaurant.

The Landmark’s current hours of operation are Tuesday-Saturday 4:30-8:30 p.m.

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