Gin Mill NOT Moving 

By Jennie Acklin 

Gin Mill owners Ed and Maribeth Rick recently purchased the building at the corner of Washington and Monroe Street, which currently houses DJ’s Restaurant and A Touch of Ellicottville. The Ricks are known for their interest in history, and plan to restore the building to its original historical authenticity.

“We have been working closely with Mary Elizabeth Dunbar of the Ellicottville Historical Museum and Engineer Aaron Tiller of MDA Engineering to determine what the structure and architecture of the original building was and how we can bring it back to its former glory,” said Ed Rick.

The building dates back to the late 1800’s, and as shown in the photo (top) dated approximately 1905, was operated as McMahan & Hickey General Store for many years. There was also a barbershop at the back of the building on the Monroe Street side.

“We have already begun the renovation of two of the five second-floor apartments,” Rick said. “We are currently interviewing masonry firms who specialize in historic renovation, for the repairs to the exterior of the building. The windows will be returned to the original arched top style, and the porch on the front of the building will be completely redone. The apartments upstairs will all have 10’ ceilings and exposed brick walls. We will also be digging out a basement for the building, which currently only has a crawl space.”

There is a lot of history in those walls. The building has had many different uses over the years, including Jason’s Bar, Carson’s Restaurant, and currently DJ’s Restaurant and A Touch of Ellicottville. According to the Rick’s, “We are just the new owners of the building, wanting to do historical renovation to a building very much in need of it.”

“We do plan to operate a new restaurant, with construction for that beginning in late summer 2015.  We have spent a lot of time designing its interior style. We want a warm and inviting feel that will capture the historical authenticity of the building, with tin ceilings, exposed brick and wood accents. Our staff will be “Gin-Mill-style-friendly” and welcoming. We plan to be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, offering healthier food choices, nicer wines with a small bar, and are considering an extensive takeout menu,” said Maribeth Rick.

The most important thing that the Rick’s want people to know is that the Gin Mill is NOT moving into their new building, and “that we are restoring a historically-significant building to its authentic origins,” Ed Rick said.

“Our plan is for the Gin Mill to stay exactly where it is.”