Wilson House Restaurant & Inn Has Reopened.
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For a number of years this was the Wilson House Restaurant & Inn's website.
Content is from the site's archived pages.

Yelpers report the Wilson House Restaurant & Inn has closed. HOWEVER: the Wilson House Restaurant & Inn is now reopened in the newly remodeled Luther Wilson Family Cobblestone Home, which was originally built in 1844.
The current website for the Wilson House Restaurant & Inn is found at: https://wilsonhouserestaurantandinn.com/

UPDATE:

With new ownership, Wilson House preps for reopening

By James Fink  – Reporter, Buffalo Business First Dec 6, 2016  | www.bizjournals.com/

The Wilson House is coming back.

Almost one year to the day that the venerable Town of Wilson dining mainstay served its last burger, the restaurant is on a pace to reopen by early next year.

Brothers Tim and Chris White and John Pashong bought the northern Niagara County landmark, paying $200,000, according to documents filed in the Niagara County Clerk’s office.

Plans call for the restaurant to reopen with a new menu, but still playing off its history.

“We probably had 20 showings and two other seriously interested parties,” said Paul Boser, a broker with Pyramid Brokerage Co. of Buffalo, who along with David Schiller, also from Pyramid, handled the deal.

Interest began almost as soon as the Wilson House closed last December after owners John Cracchiola and Caren Ashkar opted to retire.

The Lake Street landmark was constructed in 1844, originally as the home for Luther Wilson, the eldest son of Reuben Wilson, the town’s founding father. By the 1920s, it was converted into the Wilsonian Club and became a restaurant just after World War II.

 

 

Wilson's 'crown jewel' sparkles again

Wilson House Restaurant & Inn re-opens under new management

By Connor Hoffman Apr 21, 2018 | www.lockportjournal.com

WILSON — The parking lot was completely packed. The dining room was so full that it was hard for a person to maneuver around. 

That was the scene Friday afternoon as Wilson House Restaurant & Inn celebrated its grand re-opening after being closed for two years for renovations. Hundreds of local residents, community leaders and elected officials were in attendance at the ribbon-cutting ceremony. 

A few official proclamations and brief remarks were offered inside before the crowd was ushered outside to watch as the ribbon was cut, with giant scissors, on what New York State Assemblyman Michael Norris, R-Lockport, called the "crown jewel" of Wilson. 

Wilson House Restaurant & Inn is owned by Tim White, Chris White and Jon Pashong. Tim White said they purchased the property for about $200,000 in late 2016, after the popular restaurant had been closed for about a year,and spent another $500,000 to renovate the roughly 175-year-old landmark building.

Renovation was from the bottom up, according to Tim White. Work started in the basement and graduated to the top. Along the way, old walls were uncovered and the owners decided they wanted to highlight Wilson House's physical origins.

"We discovered the original walls of the structure and that's what we said, we need to showcase that," he said.

Restoration of Wilson House was a community effort, Tim White said. The owners maintained an "open door policy" of letting local skilled workers, carpenters and masons come in and help them rebuild it.

That hundreds of people came out to the Friday ribbon-cutting surprised White somewhat.

 

"This is more than we ever expected. It's a great outpouring of support," he said. "And I think everyone wants to see us succeed."

Of the reopening, he added, "We're all very happy, and we're excited for the community."

The Wilson House Restaurant & Inn, which was built in 1844, has quite an extensive history. The building was turned into a men's club in the 1920s and it became a restaurant in the 1940s. 



 

Looking Back to 2013- 2015

The Wilson House Restaurant & Inn
300 Lake Street ~ Wilson, NY 14172 716.751.9888
Featuring Dining, Banquet Hall and Bed & Breakfast Accommodations

 

Welcome to the Wilson House Restaurant & Inn

The Wilson House is for sale or lease.
Please contact (716) 634-2813 for inquiries.

The Wilson House Restaurant & Inn, is located in Wilson, NY on the shores of Lake Ontario in Niagara County. In close proximity to Niagara Falls, Lockport and the Buffalo region, the inn sits on the site of Wilson's first schoolhouse. The cobblestone structure was built in 1844 for Luther Wilson, the town's namesake.

In 2005, Caren Ashkar and John Cracchiola, became the new innkeepers. They are the former operators of Dacc's Restaurant, a well respected eatery located in Amherst, NY. The Wilson House Restaurant & Inn includes a bar, dining room, banquet room and seven guest rooms. During the summer season meals and drinks are served on the spacious screened-in front porch.



The banquet room accommodates parties from 20 to 120 people. The seven guest rooms have recently been remodeled and include private bathrooms, air conditioning and cable TV. 

While staying at The Wilson House Restaurant & Inn, you will find many things to do. The Niagara region is host to countless attractions. Just to mention a few; Niagara Falls, Old Fort Niagara, The Niagara Wine Trail, Castellani Art Museum, numerous parks, the Seneca Niagara Casino, charter fishing and charter luxury cruises, Lewiston's Artpark, The Wilson Harbor, 30 Mile Point Lighthouse, Market Street Art Center, Erie Canal Locks, canoe & kayaking (by appointment only) and many, many more. Browse through the galleries at The Wilson House Restaurant & Inn which include:

  • Guest Artist Gallery - original paintings, prints and photos from guest artists
  • The Garden Gate - wreaths & floral arrangements

All items are for purchase.

Shops within walking distance include:

  • The Garden Gate - Floral arrangements & unique gifts 751-6402
  • Wilson Free Library - Books, periodicals and video 751-6070
  • Wilson Pharmacy - Greeting cards & special gifts (including a full service pharmacy) 751-0140


We hope you will come and enjoy the Wilson House Restaurant & Inn.
Caren & John

 



 

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The Wilson House Restaurant & Inn serving Wilson, Lake Ontario and WNY
The Wilson House Restaurant & Inn, is located in Wilson, NY on the shores of Lake Ontario in Niagara County. Rooms for rent, Wilson NY, Near Lake Ontario and Niagara FallsIn close proximity to Niagara Falls, Lockport and the Buffalo region, the inn sits on the site of Wilson's first schoolhouse. The cobblestone structure was built in 1844 for Luther Wilson, the town's namesake.

Lunch and Dinner Menu for the Wilson House Restaurant & Inn, Wilson, NY
The Wilson House Restaurant & Inn offers Soup & Salad selections, Sandwiches, Sub Sandwiches, Pizza, Fingers & Snacks, to Pasta, Haddock, Chicken and Steaks.

Rooms for rent in Western New York, near Lake Ontario ~ Wilson, NY
At the Wilson House Restaurant & Inn, we offer bed & breakfast accommodations. All seven guest rooms at the Wilson House Restaurant & Inn, include two twin beds ($65) or one king size bed ($75). One room also sleeps four and includes a refrigerator ($95). The rooms include air conditioners, cable TV, and individual bathrooms. Check in time after 2:00pm. Check out time before noon. Continental breakfast served daily.

Banquet Hall, Wedding Receptions, Showers, Parties, Hall for Rent in Wilson, NY
The Wilson House Restaurant & Inn offers banquet facilities with full catering. Choose from a breakfast buffet, continental breakfast, brunch buffet, cold lunch buffet, hot lunch buffet and hot dinner buffets. Party trays also available.

History of the Wilson House Restaurant & Inn, near Lake Ontario
Luther Wilson's first claim to ingenuity may have occurred during the War of 1812 when he was only 14 years of age. According to early accounts, George Ash, who lived west of the Wilson settlement, warned the settlers that the British were coming, thus giving them time to gather their things and flee.

About 25 head of cattle were rounded up, and Luther Wilson was given the responsibility of driving them eastward along the lake, some had cow bells around their necks, so in order to keep invaders from hearing them, he stuffed dry leaves in the bells. He was then able to drive the cattle five miles beyond Van Horne's Mill where they remained undetected. After the British burned down the mill and retreated, Luther drove the cattle back to Wilson. When Luther reached maturity, he became the business genius of the family, with an untiring energy and spirit, he started most of the public improvements in town. In 1827, he started the hamlet of Wilson, NY by laying out a single tier of lots along the north side of Young Street from Lake Street to the Creek.

Contact Caren and John from the Wilson House Restaurant & Inn
300 Lake Street, Wilson, NY 14172, 716.751.9888


 



 

Rooms for Rent at the Inn in Wilson, NY near Lake Ontario

All seven guest rooms at the Wilson House Restaurant & Inn, include two twin beds ($65) or one king size bed ($75). One room also sleeps four and includes a refrigerator ($95). The rooms include air conditioners, cable TV, and individual bathrooms. Check in time after 2:00pm. Check out time before noon. Continental breakfast served daily.

Click on photos for a detailed view of the rooms available at the Wilson House Restaurant & Inn
Wilson House Restaurant & Inn, offers Bed & Breakfast Rooms and Continental Breakfast
Wilson House Restaurant & Inn, offers Bed & Breakfast Rooms and Continental Breakfast
 
Wilson House Restaurant & Inn, offers Bed & Breakfast Rooms and Continental Breakfast
Wilson House Restaurant & Inn, offers Bed & Breakfast Rooms and Continental Breakfast
 
Wilson House Restaurant & Inn, offers Bed & Breakfast Rooms and Continental Breakfast
Wilson House Restaurant & Inn, offers Bed & Breakfast Rooms and Continental Breakfast
 
Wilson House Restaurant & Inn, offers Bed & Breakfast Rooms and Continental Breakfast
Wilson House Restaurant & Inn, offers Bed & Breakfast Rooms and Continental Breakfast
 
Wilson House Restaurant & Inn, offers Bed & Breakfast Rooms and Continental Breakfast
 
Wilson House Restaurant & Inn, offers Bed & Breakfast Rooms and Continental Breakfast
 
Wilson House Restaurant & Inn, offers Bed & Breakfast Rooms and Continental Breakfast

 



 

Wilson House set to close Dec. 20 

BUSINESS: Lake Street building, built in 1844, is up for sale or lease.

By Kaley Lynch  kaley.lynch@lockportjournal.com
Dec 11, 2015

 

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The Wilson House Restaurant & Inn was also the site of Wilson's first School House.
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The Wilson House Restaurant & Inn, a popular destination at 300 Lake St., will close its doors Dec. 20, 2015.

Owners Caren Ashkar and John Cracchiola have run the restaurant since 2005, leasing the more than 170-year-old building.

Ashkar said the decision to close the business was prompted by the building being put on the market by owner Norbert O'Brien of Williamsville-based NP Properties Western NY for sale or lease.

Ashkar said that without knowing what any future landlord's plans for the building would include, the pair decided it was time to move on.

They were notified about the sale in January.

“We decided to stay open until the end of the year,” Ashkar said Friday.

Ashkar and Cracchiola have been in the restaurant business for 23 years. Prior to running the Wilson House, the couple operated Dacc's on Millersport Highway in Getzville. Previously they had been involved in paper distributing.

“I'd like my next job to be only forty hours a week, with nights and weekends off,” Ashkar laughed.

Ashkar said that there have been some people looking at the building since it went on the market. According to the 2015 Niagara County tax roll, the building's full market value is $291,000.

The historic cobblestone building was built in 1844, the home of Wilson founder Reuben Wilson's eldest son Luther. In the 1920s, it was home to a men's club and became a restaurant in the 1940s.

The Wilson House is a big part of Wilson's culture, village Mayor Bernie Leiker said.

“I know everyone is hoping that someone will step up and buy it soon,” he said. “We don't want to see it close.”

“We hate to lose Caren and John as restaurant owners because they not only do a great job, they're great people and great friends,” Leiker added, “although I'm sure we'll be seeing them on the other side of the restaurant once someone else re-opens it.”

 

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AN ASIDE: Before I visited the town of Wilson in 2018 during its 200th anniversary, I was delighted to learn that the White brothers, Tim and Christopher, along with longtime family friend Jon Pashong, were planning on reopening their Wilson House Restaurant and Inn at 300 Lake St. on April 20 after a year and a half of painstaking renovations. I also learned that the restaurant hosted its first banquet Saturday when the Wilson Historical Society celebrated its sold-out Bicentennial Kickoff Dinner with more than 150 guests. I made reservations for dinner at the end of April when I planned to drive up for a weekend visit.

I was so impressed with The Wilson House food, ambiance and the renovation. The restored 1800s building was breathtaking and tastefully done. Food was equal to any 5 star restaurant I have been to at a much more affordable price. Service was excellent, everything from drinks to dessert were above par. Ask to see bootlegger's space used during prohibition. The majority of old walls are cobblestone. If you are in the area do go for lunch or dinner. Wilson House Restaurant and Inn deserves five stars.

I have a great weekend visit and was feeling great until I walked into my apartment in Manhattan. One of my dogs had been sick and not only thrown up on my antique carpet in the living room, but had also had diarrhea on the rug as well. I had a huge clean up to deal with as well as an emergency visit to the Animal Medical Center. Letta was ok. The vet believes she must have eaten something while out with the dog walker that made her sick. The gave her an infusion of fluids and sent us home. The rug was another issue which I dealt with the following day. I called my neighbor who seems to know all the best venders/ merchants for just about anything. She suggested I call the Agara Rug Cleaning company. They are the best rug cleaning pros NYC offers. I took her over enthusiasm with a grain of salt. But it turns out she was spot on. They Are great. A rep from Agara came that afternoon, gave me a free estimate and then took the rug. When my Persian rug was returned it looked perfect. No smells, no stains. I was duly impressed. I now have my rug cleaning pros for all my rug needs and plan to give them a 5 star rating on Yelp!

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