DeKALB — A trio of longtime patrons have purchased The House Cafe and signed a long-term lease with building owner Fareed Haque.
While plans are still being finalized, new owners Anthony Solario, Lisa Cowley and Corey Twombly plan to keep the name and continue the schedule of ongoing events at The House Cafe, 263 E. Lincoln Highway in DeKalb.
"When we heard Jan (Pascolini) was leaving, we decided to look into buying the business," Solario said. Pascolini is the former owner of The House Cafe.
"We are in the last stages of getting it all wrapped up," Solario said. Neither Solario nor Haque would disclose the length of the lease, but Solario said "the House will be around for a good long while.
"We want to keep it the way it is in terms of events," he said. "We want to expand the menu and, as new owners, we'll have to reapply for a liquor license."
He said dates have not been finalized, but he does foresee closing for no more than two weeks while licenses to serve food and liquor are obtained, and the interior of the building is freshened up. He said no major remodeling was planned.
A Cortland resident, Solario said he and Twombly, of Malta, play together in the band Shannon's Last Call, and The House was where they played their first show. Solario said he and Cowley, of DeKalb, have worked together, as well.
"I feel very good about it. They are great people with a great plan to take The House to the next level," Haque said.
A public announcement was made at The House on Wednesday and Haque said everyone applauded and expressed their gratitude for all that Pascolini has done in the six years she has owned the business.
"I think the hand-off is being done very amicably. Everything feels really positive," Haque said.
"And I'm glad we didn't have to put a sports bar in there."