Widewaters Drive-In’s owners are looking to pass the torch to a new owner and eventually sell the business.
Co-owner James Kane said he and the other owner, Renee Iovieno, both work full-time jobs outside of owning and managing the restaurant and they would like to sell the business to another owner who they feel has the same passion for the restaurant as they do.
“It’s a lot to do,” said Kane, who owns a successful commercial painting business as well.
Although the restaurant is for sale, Kane emphasized that they will not sell the restaurant until they find someone who is as committed to the legacy of Widewaters as they are.
“We’re 100 percent committed to keeping Widewaters business as usual,” Kane said. “We will continue to go until someone who has the passion and soul that we have found and then we will pass the torch ... We don’t want people to think it’s closing.”
Kane said he purchased the restaurant in 2015 after it was involved in a flood, and was “in pretty rough shape.”
“It was probably going to cease to exist,” Kane said. It’s a brand new building inside and outside. Every part of this building is brand new.
Kane, a former employee of the restaurant, said he worked there as a kid and didn’t want to see “such a historical landmark get torn down.”
“I just wanted to bring it back to being a viable nostalgic landmark that it always has been,” Kane said. “Widewaters is a pretty big part of Lockport.”
Kane said the Widewaters building was remodeled “totally from the ground up inside and out,” adding that it cost “a good penny.”
The business employs around 10 to 15 employees, according to Kane.
Some of the added items they have put into the business include: a nature trail that goes through the woods, a bird sanctuary, with a dozen bird houses, checkers, corn hole, hopscotch and a lighted playground.
Kane would like to add shaved ice in one of the buildings and perhaps clams.
As he looks to the future, Kane said gave a nod to all those that have made the business a success over the years, thanking the business’ many customers.
“We just want people to know we truly enjoy our customers,” Kane said. “I think they enjoy the quality of food we have.”