GENESEO – Intermissions enters the stage tonight as Geneseo’s newest bar and restaurant.
From the beautiful dark oak bar to the polished brass hooks to the carefully poised glass liquor shelves, every inch of Intermissions is designed to create an enjoyable experience for a wide variety of patrons.
“Do you just want a nice cold beer and a hot dog, or do you want to sit down for a cocktail and a meal? We serve both,” said manager Jason Small. “Our bar, drinks and food are built around good quality and service.”
Intermissions prides itself in its polished atmosphere, its selection of whiskey flavors and its already deep roots in Geneseo.
The little building at 8 1/2 Center Street has had a few identities. For years and years, it was Geneseo Liquor, run by Ronnie Aprile. It then had a brief stint as Forever Art II Tattoos and Piercing. Now, after eight months of meticulous handwork by owners Don Livingston and Jim Sullivan, it is born anew.
“All of the woodwork is oak, and we wanted the nice polished brass hooks and rail,” said Livingston. “We picked out some curtains for the window. We always wanted this place to be quality, quality, quality. Our decor and TV will definitely entertain sports. If the World Series is playing you bet it will be on our TV’s. And we are the only bar to offer the NFL ticket.”
Friday night and the weekend will offer a limited menu for staff to get used to the flow of business. Next week, said Small, it will be time to hit the gas.
“We will offer a Philly steak sandwich, a chicken sandwich, a garden salad, quality stuff, not your typical bar food,” said Small. “There will be some signature foods. But then we will also have mozzarella sticks, curly fries, basically you could create your own Rochester plate if you wanted to.”
The menu will be a work in progress. Some foods will definitely be experimented with, but customers will decide whether or not they stay. There will be a ‘conish,’ a hot dog covered in mac and cheese with fritos on top, which could either hit it big or fizzle.
The bar has 31 whiskey flavors and an array of liquors and beer, both bottled and on tap.
“We offer top-shelf whiskey with at-par prices,” said Small.
Specialty drinks will come with time, but for Friday and this weekend the goal is to get staff used to running the place.
“Our bartenders are all experienced,” said Small. “I, for one, have done a little bit of everything when it comes to bars. I’ve bartended, bounced, worked the restaurant, and I have an accounting degree. All of our bartenders come from experienced backgrounds.”
Already, the bar is home to part of the legacy of one of Geneseo’s most sorely missed community members.
“Don Lackey was part of our coffee group that plays golf every September, and whichever team wins that year gets to inscribe their names on this cup,” said Livingston, referring to the extravagant silver cup resting on a dustless high shelf. “Don’s team won the tournament this year, actually it was Don’s shot that won. Just a few days later, that Sunday, Don was killed in that accident on 39. It was a very sad time. The ‘Memorial Cup’ was previously at Miceli’s, and after that closed the group asked if it could stay here. It was an easy answer. We are very honored to have it here. Don was a dear friend.”
Intermissions was built to grow. Original plans allowed for expansion to the rear, towards the municipal parking lot.