Caprara aims to open Henderson Harbor waterfront restaurant in May

The site plan for Harbor Waterside Bar Pub — a restaurant that William F. Caprara plans to open in mid-May — was approved Tuesday by the Henderson Town Planning Board. Exterior and interior renovations at the two-story building on County Route 123 have been completed, said Mr. Caprara, who is a co-owner of F.X. Caprara Auto Sales. The waterfront building formerly operated as the Harbor Inn. Photo by Stephen Swofford, Watertown Daily Times.

The site plan for Harbor Waterside Bar Pub — a restaurant that William F. Caprara plans to open in mid-May — was approved Tuesday by the Henderson Town Planning Board. Exterior and interior renovations at the two-story building on County Route 123 have been completed, said Mr. Caprara, who is a co-owner of F.X. Caprara Auto Sales. The waterfront building formerly operated as the Harbor Inn. Photo by Stephen Swofford, Watertown Daily Times.

The site plan for Harbor Waterside Bar Pub — a restaurant that William F. Caprara plans to open in mid-May — was approved Tuesday by the Henderson Town Planning Board.

Exterior and interior renovations at the two-story building on County Route 123 have been completed, said Mr. Caprara, who is a co-owner of F.X. Caprara Auto Sales. The waterfront building formerly operated as the Harbor Inn.

Mr. Caprara said the state Department of Health is expected to soon give approval needed to install kitchen equipment. After investing roughly $400,000 in renovating the building, which he bought last year for $190,000, he said that “everything looks beautiful … The public response has been overwhelming.”

Mr. Caprara said he has already lined up about 25 employees to work at the restaurant, which will be staffed by about 30 when it opens. Employees were recruited during a job fair in March at the WorkPlace employment agency in Watertown.

Mr. Caprara, of Pillar Point, said the seasonal restaurant will be open until the end of October. It will feature a rebuilt dock on Lake Ontario’s Henderson Harbor with 18 boat slips. The dock will be staffed during the weekends by employees who will help boaters dock their watercraft at the restaurant, which will offer a pub-style menu with pizza, buffalo wings, hamburgers and deli sandwiches.

Among other things, he said, the 6,276-square-foot building features new flooring, ceilings, roofing and an upper-level deck. The lower level will house the dining area for the restaurant, he said, while the upper level will feature a horseshoe-shaped bar, a gaming room and a space for entertainment. A section of the upper level, featuring a balcony deck overlooking the waterfront, will be available to rent for parties and special events. The floor, which has a private entrance, has three bedrooms and four bathrooms.

Henderson Planning Board Chairman Edward F. Martelle said he was impressed by the investment Mr. Caprara made to transform the building.

“It’s really neat that he’s going to have boat parking so people around the bay can come by boat and eat here,” he said.

The building, located near Bill Saiff’s Westview Lodge & Marina, has been mostly dormant during the past decade. Mr. Caprara said he believes his restaurant will complement area establishments to draw more visitors to the area.

“There are a bunch of good charter fishing groups that come every day in the summer,” he said. “I’ve worked closely with Bill Saiff of Westview. And between us, we think we have what we need to make a great place even greater.”

The dock was rebuilt by Bach & Co., Clayton, and the bar was custom-built by RJ Healy Construction, Clayton.

By Ted Booker, Watertown Daily Times