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Brooklyn Pickle begins construction at former Hafner's Red Barn site

Brooklyn Pickle co-owners are excited about the new location.

A sign is all that’s left of a landmark that sat on this property for more than 40 years.

During this time of year, Hafner's Red Barn was full of twinkling lights and Christmas cheer.

“Because we lived so close, their Christmas music playing too. So, it was kind of nice,” Verma Sachok said.

Sachok has been living near the Hafner’s property for more than two decades and says its closing was a big loss.

Now, the familiar red barn has been torn down, and construction crews have started digging.

“I don’t want to see an empty spot. So yes, I’m happy there’s something going in there,” she added.

And that something is an area favorite — The Brooklyn Pickle.

“It will be the third location. Haven’t opened a store in 41 years, but here we go,” Brooklyn Pickle founder Ken Sniper said.

Sniper and co-owner Craig Kowadla are excited about the new location and are ready to serve sandwiches to the area, but they’ve had to be patient.

“We had to go through a lot of red tape to get where we are. We would have liked to break ground six months ago,” he added.

Kowalda will be running the restaurant and says one sticking point was a possible spike in traffic on Buckley road.

It’s also a concern for some neighbors, but the restaurant owners agreed to pay for a traffic light in front of their property.

“We are very very happy to be coming out to the north of Syracuse. And we’re very excited that people have been so welcoming of us.”

The owners of the Brooklyn Pickle say they’re excited to finally get started and expect to be open this June.

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