By Dave Warner
Southsiders and others in Little Falls will soon have a new venue where they can get some great food.
Skobbys Southside Grill at 115 Flint Avenue is going to be serving BBQ and soft ice cream. They’ll have a full breakfast, lunch, and dinner menu and be open seven days a week, Monday through Thursday, 7 am – 9 pm and Friday, 7 am – 10 pm, Saturday, 8 am – 10 pm, and Sunday, 10 am – 9 pm.
Owner Joe Lawrence said, “What we’re planning on doing is having a full grill menu, similar to what you would see at Green Acres. We’ll have BBQ chicken, beef brisket, smoked beef sausage, and pulled pork.”
They plan on opening on Friday, June 2nd, with Helen Maksymicz and her Dixie Land Band playing from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.
“All of our seating is outside, and we’ll have room for about sixty people,” he stated.
Lawrence also said they’re getting a projector and screen and will be showing outside movies a couple of nights a week.
“This year, we won’t have a beer and wine license, but next year we will. If people want to bring beer and wine in, they’re more than welcome to.”
He also said they’d be doing cans and clams and other similar meals.
Lawrence, who grew up on the southside, said there were all kinds of places to eat back then. “I remember a time when the southside was vibrant, and when I came back after retiring, I always thought about what I could do to spark some interest and get things moving again down here.”
“We came up with this idea for the business, and I thought it was perfect. You’ve got the bike path right here, and I’m already seeing a couple of hundred cyclists and walkers a day. It’s going to give them someplace to stop, and we’ll put up a little bike repair station as well for them,” he said.
They have an ice cream window and a take-out window and will have 12″ pizza available too. There’s even a customer bathroom on site.
“My goal, number one, is to be successful. With any business you open, you have to make money. But I want quality, quantity, and good prices. We’ll also continue to do a lot of community work, raising funds for different teams and whatnot. We still want to do that,” stated Lawrence.
They plan on having the business open from May 1st through the Canal closing, which is typically in October. “When they close the Canal, we’ll close as well,” he said.