The Lemon Squeeze

Recipient of the 2023 Partners in Presentation Award by the Village of New Paltz.

New Paltz, NY | 107 Main Street in the Village of New Paltz has been a beloved local establishment for decades. Initially built in 1830, the building is one of the few remaining historic structures of that era. The building’s new owner engaged Allen Ross Architecture to usher this historic New Paltz building into the modern era as The Lemon Squeeze Piano Bar, an upscale piano bar and restaurant. The decision was made to renovate rather than replace the building as a better way to maintain its historic continuity and respect its place in the downtown urban fabric. The building was completely reconstructed, including extensive reinforcement of the primary structural frame, lowering of the basement floor to create more operational space, and full replacement of all building systems. Allen Ross Architecture worked hand-in-hand with AMI Design, the interior designer for the restaurant, to coordinate and finalize the design. A completely new state-of-the-art commercial kitchen was added as well. Allen Ross Architecture worked closely with the Village’s Historic Preservation Commission and Planning Board to successfully address aesthetic and Village planning concerns. Allen Ross Architecture also brought in consultant Bud Lavery to provide the graphic design for the new restaurant’s logo and business sign.