After a four long months of working nonstop, things are finally looking up for Silk O’Loughlin’s in Irondequoit.
“We had to take pretty much everything out and then wait it out,” said owner Michael McKeon. “In the meantime, we started in the back and worked forward and we’re almost to the front. We just got to give the place a good shine and we’ll be ready to go.”
Back in May, O’Loughlin’s had closed down because of the overwhelming damage from flooding.
“We had to tear out the floor,” said McKeon.”We came down and jack hammered where the front door is, all the way up, and we poured a new floor in and it’s higher — no water is coming through that anymore.”
McKeon says none of this would be possible without the continuous support from the community.
“There’s people every day to help, people that just reach out all the time if there’s anything — supplies, I’ll sweep, I’ll clean, you need money, that kind of thing, so it’s been wonderful,” said McKeon.
“I just asked Mike if I could come down and give a hand,” said Eddie Dunn. “So I’m staining some trim that they’re going to cut and assemble and put on the doors so we can get this thing open so they can enjoy it for the rest of the year.”
Dunn has been a customer at O’Loughlin’s for nearly 20 years and he said he would do anything to help the family he has come to know so well.
McKeon says the goal is to have the restaurant up and running by the end of next week.