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Potsdam restaurant disassembled in preparation for move


POTSDAM — Scoopuccino’s Restaurant, 167 Market St., was not designed with mobility in mind, but that won’t stop workers from taking the building apart and putting it back together about a mile away.

James E. Sheehan is selling the current site to Vision Hotels of Corning, which plans to build a Hampton Inn and Suites on the land.

He decided the building was too nice, and the building material worth too much, to be scrapped. Instead, his construction company, J.E. Sheehan Contracting Corp., is disassembling the building.

Deconstruction started this week. The building is being taken apart in 10 segments, and flatbed trucks are hauling the pieces to the new location at 62 Country Lane.

It will take about a week to disassemble Scoopuccino’s and move it. Once all of the pieces are moved, it will take another five to 10 days to reassemble.

Despite the efforts to preserve the restaurant, Mr. Sheehan said that when Scoopuccino’s reopens, it likely will be under new ownership.

“We’re going to either put it up for sale or put it up for rent. We’re not 100 percent sure. We might be reopening in the spring,” he said.

The restaurant opened in 2003 as Scoops, and served ice cream, coffee and espresso drinks. In 2005, the new building was constructed, and Scoopuccino’s reopened as a full-service restaurant.

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