AMHERST — Renovations to the kitchen at Lone Wolf Restaurant will require the breakfast spot to shut down for more than two weeks in January.
Lone Wolf owner Rob Watson said Friday that the restaurant, in a 150-year-old building at 61-63 Main St., will close Jan. 3 and reopen Jan. 19 as general contractor Rick Light Construction of Pelham oversees plumbers, electricians, flooring specialists and an asbestos removal team.
“This is something we’ve had in the works since last spring,” Watson said. “It’s always been our intent to take care of the flooring issue in the kitchen.”
Due to excessive moisture in the building caused by leaks in the roof and foundation, a floor joist rotted away and caused the kitchen floor to sag, Watson said.
Watson said the work will also include getting plumbing up to code, removing asbestos tile and giving the space a fresh coat of paint.
The moisture in the building has been a long-running issue that has contributed to a problem with pests, including cockroaches, which triggered the suspension of Lone Wolf’s catering license by the town’s health board. This was returned in November after continuing efforts were made to resolve the issue.
Watson has long done regular sprayings in the building and the health board is making sure that building owner Ting-Wei Tang, of Bristow, Virginia, is also doing them to prevent pests from the neighboring Himalayan Friends Corner Restaurant, and the residential apartments on the second floor.
“The landlord has been proactive in taking care of the weekly sprayings, stepping up the weekly sprayings we’ve been doing,” Watson said. “There’s been a vast, vast improvement.”