There's a lot of buzz about the new falafel and vegetarian pizza restaurant opening on Seventh Street by the park--in the former location of the notorious but short-lived Lone Wolf. Word about falafel coming to Hudson is being spread on Facebook and via email, and it's even become a topic of conversation on the venomous Voy Forum. But here's a uniquely Gossips take on the story.
The restaurant is a collaboration between Brian Herman, who now owns the building, and Alana Hauptmann, who brings her considerable restaurant expertise to the enterprise. In April, Herman appeared before the Historic Preservation Commission, trying to exact a certificate of appropriateness for proposed changes to the storefront with an incomplete application. He had just closed on the building, and the restaurant had to open by Memorial Day weekend, so he wanted the HPC to grant a certificiate of appropriateness "on faith" that day, or he would simply leave the storefront in the sorry state it was in.
A critical part of an application for a C of A (certificate of appropriateness) is a historic picture that shows the subject building as it was intended to be. Since I have been entrusted--for the purpose of providing this support to the HPC--with electronic files of Historic Hudson's Rowles Studio Collection and all the images assembled by Byrne Fone for his book Historic Hudson: An Architectural History, requests for such pictures usually come to me. On the afternoon before the April HPC meeting, I received a request for a historic photograph of 11 North Seventh Street and was able to provide this picture, taken in 1911, which is quite remarkable for the clarity and detail it provides.
Fortunately, the situation that seemed to be at an impasse at the April HPC meeting finally reached a satisfactory resolution: within two weeks' time, Herman would provide elevation drawings for the proposed changes to the storefront, based on the historic picture; the HPC would review the drawings upon receipt and be prepared to vote on the C of A at their next meeting on May 14--allowing adequate time for the storefront restoration to be executed before the scheduled opening on Memorial Day weekend.
This afternoon, I paid a visit to 11 North Seventh Street to see how things were coming along. There, taped to the temporary flakeboard wall erected in front of the building, was a copy of the 1911 photograph. Passersby are being given the chance to see what the building used to look like and a preview of what (we hope) it will look like again very soon. How cool is that?