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Gerber's 1933 Tavern in Utica re-opens after three decades

By NEWSChannel 2 Staff

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - The former Gerber's Grill in Utica has sat empty, collecting dust for almost three decades.

Now, as Gerber's 1933 Tavern, it's back open for business in downtown, with Mark and Susan Mojave taking on the challenge taking on the challenge of making a piece of Utica's history into part of its future.

The Mojaves said they see potential in the area and want to be part of it. Keeping to its 1933 roots, there is no deep fryer and no freezer at the Tavern, which means everything that will be served there will be made fresh daily.

"Hot sandwich, cold beer," Mark Mojave said of the types of things that will be served up. It's an historic speakeasy back during the day of prohibition. The Gerber family ran it for two generations from 1929 to 86 when Leo passed. We are trying to honor his history."

Gerber's, which is located on Liberty Street in Utica, is open for dinner and drinks Thursday through Saturday with lunches set to start next week.

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