In 1933, just after the end of Prohibition, Peter Coleman opened a saloon in Tipperary Hill, a largely Irish neighborhood on Syracuse’s Westside, called Coleman’s. The saloon was small, with a tin ceiling and apartments above that served traditional pub food. In the late 1950s, Peter Coleman passed the restaurant onto his son, another Peter Coleman. As the years went on and Coleman’s grew in popularity, it also grew in size. The main dining and bar room still contains the original tin ceiling, leaving a footprint of the original restaurant. But now, Coleman’s also includes upstairs’ former apartments and add-ons to both the back and sides, including an outdoor patio space. During renovations in the 1980s, an architect traveled to Dublin and designed a bar for Coleman’s modeled after one in Dublin. The designs were brought back to a cabinet-maker in Auburn and the bar he built has stood in Coleman’s ever since. When you go to Coleman’s, you can expect over 40 beers on tap, and a menu with everything from vegetarian flatbread to “Mile High Meatloaf.”
Address: 100 South Lowell Avenue, Syracuse, NY 13204
Fun Fact: Every year on the last Sunday in February, Coleman’s hosts a small parade known as Green Beer Sunday. The event has been going since the 1960s as a kickoff to the St. Patrick’s Day season and each year a commemorative button is issued.
Make sure to: Check out the leprechaun door.
The Haberle Brewery, founded in 1897, was one of 21 breweries in the area and best known for its Congress beer. By the time it closed in 1962, Haberle was the last of the remaining breweries. In 1979, Terry Riley discovered the saloon, located at 312 Park Street, and bought it. It then became Riley’s, a full restaurant and catering service. Serving a variety of American fare with a menu that changes twice daily, Riley’s still operates in the same saloon on Park Street. On the walls hang photos from World War I and World War II and the ceiling and walls are lined with tin.
Address: 312 Park Street Syracuse, New York 13203
Fun Fact: Brunswick, a company that builds bowling alleys and pool tables, made the bar for the original brewery, which still stands.
Make sure to: Try Brian’s desserts.
As a teenager, Richard Tumino worked for his family’s pizzeria on North Salina Street. Tumino’s Pizzeria, was opened by Richard’s parents, Salvatore and Cristina Tumino, in 1987 and remained in business until 1995 when it was sold to new owners. When the city of Syracuse began a Little Italy revitalization in 2001, Richard and his brothers saw an opportunity to take the empty building where Tumino’s once was and start something new. The new restaurant, opened in 2002, became Asti, a project the whole family had a hand in. Asti expanded quickly; a new building was added on next door and the upstairs was converted into another dining room. In 2009, Richard’s brother, John, left Asti to start “In My Father’s Kitchen,” a faith based, “non-denominational and non-discriminatory” organization that provides “assistance to homeless people through direct street outreach,” according to the website. In April of 2010, Asti caught on fire and was closed six weeks for renovation. Since then, Asti has recovered and continues to succeed as it completes its 15th year.
Address: 411 North Salina Street Syracuse, NY 13203
Fun Fact: Since the 1930’s the lower level of Asti has been a restaurant, but the upstairs level was once a Republican men’s club.
Make sure to: Look at the signatures on the mural. They include Bob Costa, the Baldwin Brothers, Buddy Valastro and other famous customers of Asti.
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