We’ve been asked many times about how The Elmwood Inn came to be and we thought we would explain the story for those who are interested.
The building itself was built around 1890 next to a small apple orchard where the old Benfante’s Hardware used to be. The building has changed hands several times over the years and many different families have lived here. The most interesting aspect of our building was that it was the Byrne O’Leary Funeral Home from 1955 to 1970.
After the funeral home closed the building remained vacant for approximately 7 years. Sometime during 1976, two imaginative fellows named Tom Adamski and Dale Weaver happened to drive by the old vacant house and said something to the effect, “Let’s make that place into a restaurant!” In 1977, The Elmwood Inn was incorporated.
One day, Dale Weaver found himself in need of a car and traded his half of the Elmwood Inn Corporation to Tom for a used Volkswagen.
In 1979, Tom got a little tired of the restaurant business and went back to his first love, moving furniture. Tom then handed off the running of the restaurant to his wife Lorie and her friend.
Business was good but sadly, in 1980, Tom and Lorie got divorced.
Tom went back to running the restaurant and Lorie went to waitress at a happenin’ place called Greenstreets. There, Lorie met Paul Dean who worked there cooking their chicken wings and told him, “Hey, my ex has this GREAT goldmine restaurant and really wants to go back to the moving business. Are you interested?”
After giving it some thought, Paul decided to give restaurant ownership a try. In March of 1982, he bought The Elmwood Inn and has been here ever since.