Waterhole renovates patio known for free concerts

Keith, left, and Dolan Bielemeier lay the paver stones that make up the floor of the Waterhole’s new patio. (Enterprise photo — Aaron Cerbone)

SARANAC LAKE — The patio of the Waterhole’s weekly Party on the Patio is getting redone this week as its bricks have been worn down and cracked by countless dancing feet over the years it’s hosted the summer concert series.

Waterhole co-owner Eric Munley said the patio and fence had gotten outdated. The mix of several types of concrete had cracked and become uneven, and he said the old fence was an “eyesore.”

Munley said a state Downtown Revitalization Initiative grant request for the patio project did not get fulfilled, so he and co-owner Kiki Sarko are funding the project themselves.

“We’ve done everything ourselves from the beginning anyway,” Munley said. “Everything is on our list. Our goal is to … improve the entire building.”

The couple bought the three-story building last year.

Munley said it was difficult to fit the work into the Party on the Patio’s Thursday night schedule.

“Living in the Adirondacks and trying to get things done is a ridiculous challenge,” Munley said. “The season that you make money in is also the season when it’s nice out and you want to enjoy yourself. But it’s also the only time of year that you can get outdoor projects done.”

He said after 16 hours of rain over the weekend, this week’s band, the Mallett Brothers, will perform at the upstairs stage.

Trudeau Sand and Gravel Inc. ripped out the old patio. Father and son masons Keith and Dolan Bielemeier have re-leveled the ground and are currently placing new pavers. And Devon Harris is doing the fence.

The Party on the Patio takes place every Thursday night until Oct. 3. Admission is free.