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In Going Forward, East Greenville’s SUBWAY Looks to the Past
Written by Larry Roeder, Editor
2016-08-10

After eight months of remodeling Ed Buchinski, owner of the Subway restaurant at 254 Main Street, East Greenville has reopened the business bringing a touch of the twenties back to the near-century old building. 

                After William "Grutz" Bieler moved his restaurant from the old Knights of Pythias Hall, down the street to the first floor of the new Realty Hall it still wasn't big enough to handle his growing business.

                The corner of Third and Main Streets in East Greenville was a happening area back in the early 1920's.  So, the ambitious businessman entered into an agreement with Warren Fenstermaker and Harry Blank to purchase the old Hilligass Cigar factory next door and tear it down to make room for a movie theater and restaurant. 

                After the structure was completed in 1924, Blank and Fenstermaker took over the theater and Bieler the restaurant.  They even had a service-window installed between the theater and restaurant so movie-goers could fill up on candy and peanuts for the show.

                Today, local entrepreneur Ed Buchinski is the owner of both buildings.  And, it's a good thing.  Ed is a man who enjoys bringing the beauty and simplicity of the past to the present, for people to enjoy today.

                "I was born with the lure of restoration" said Buchinski.  The beautiful work he's done in bringing the glamour of the 1920's back to the Grand Theater is heralded among movie-goers and theater critics.

                Now, he's brought a touch of the twenties back to the near-century old building and its' restaurant.

                A tour of the restored and renovated Subway restaurant revealed a cache of niceties.  Renovations to improve the business and restoration that gives you a warm, welcome feeling when you enter.

                The restaurant was closed in December of last year to make way for another Buchinski miracle on Main Street.  It recently reopened with a eye-pleasing present, and a distinguishable past.

                On your next visit take the time to truly absorb and enjoy the tin ceiling – a replica of the past.  The intricacies of the inlays on the panels attached to a higher ceiling were once found in nearly every store and public building in the area.

                Then look over your shoulder at the decorative-glass transom windows that graced the restaurant then - and now.

                The six lights hanging from the ceiling in the serving area were found in the neighboring building that once house Grutz's restaurant.  Who knows, they may have once hung in his eatery.

                Over the tables are rustic-looking lights that Buchinski said "were inspired by lights that hung in Realty Hall.  Even the bathrooms have taken on that old-time flare with restoration and lighting that has the 1920's shaking hands with modern convenience.

                It's a $250 thousand dollar investment Buchinski made to improve the restaurant and the experience of visiting it.

                The popular foods in Bieler's restaurant were oyster stew, ice cream, penny-candy and bags of peanuts.

                The fare has changed to scrumptious Subs, sandwiches and a host of other palate-pleasing goodies.

                But don't forget, while you're enjoying the 21st Century menu take a moment to look around and enjoy the pleasantries of the past.


 

 

 

 

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