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Gerber’s Grill ReOpens in Downtown Utica as Gerber’s 1933 Tavern

Gerber's Grill Utica
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A long-closed restaurant in Utica has reopened.  Gerber’s 1933 Tavern opened in the historic eatery at the corner of Liberty Street and Hotel Street.

Liberty Street is the westbound stretch of Route 5S opposite of Oriskany Boulevard past Genesee Street.

The bar is open evenings Wednesday-Saturday and describes themselves on their Facebook page:

Gerber’s 1933 Tavern, in historic Bagg’s Square West in Utica, has been lovingly restored for the last 3 years into a Speak Easy it once was. Original decor, bar and fixtures. Menu made fresh, daily will mimic tavern fare from menus found in a drawer.

They’ve also picked up this positive 5-star review from Yelp:

If you want to step back in time to the 1930’s, then stop by Gerber’s 1933 Tavern for a cold Utica Club and a sandwich.
This building has been dormant since 1976 and has recently been restored to its former glory.

It was originally “Gerber’s Grill”  which closed in 1976. But the original bar, light fixtures, and sign out front have all survived and are now part of the newly renovated building.

They have a full bar, and a small menu based on an original menu found in a drawer from the previous “Gerber’s Grill”. I’ve been told the menu changes daily.

I had a ham and swiss sandwich with a side of kettle chips, and Mac salad. Very good, everything was VERY fresh.
For dessert I had easily the best slice of apple pie I’ve ever had, with a fresh cup of coffee from the Utica Roasting Co. that is located up the street.

I have always wondered what it was like inside this building, but never knew since it was closed years before I was even born. Now I can finally eat a Gerber’s Grill!

I give the owners a lot of credit for putting love into this building, and at the same time helping the regrowth of a depressed area.

Here’s what the restored interior looks like:

Gerber 1933 Tavern

Next: Construction Begins on Utica Tower Sign


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