Jumpin' Jack's to reopen | Business
It's a good sign that nicer weather is on the way when Jumpin' Jack's owner Mark Lansing gets ready to open his doors for business. Lansing says the place is about 90 percent prepared to open up and they will be ready by March 29.
For Lansing, opening day has been a very special moment for decades. Except this year, just opening up period will be special. The burger and ice cream joint was forced to close one week early last summer after the Mohawk River went over its banks and flooded the area. Jumpin' Jack's was underwater.
Lansing has been cleaning since last August. It has been an overwhelming and costly task, since the flood left behind lots of debris and a muddy mess. He says he plans to install some new equipment, do some painting and fine tune everything.
Roy Delarm is also trying to fine tune his water ski team in time for the summer season. The U.S. Water Ski Show Team, which performs on the Mohawk River for Jumpin' Jack's customers, took a major hit during the flooding. Delarm says damage and losses are estimated at about $10,000 and somehow they have to find enough money this year to cover that.
Just across the street from Jumpin' Jack's is Collins Park, which is also still not completely back to normal. There is flood damage all over the place, especially around the baseball fields. League officials say they're right on schedule and players should be able to use the field by April.
So it's only a matter of time before things at Jumpin' Jack's start jumpin' again, putting this once in a lifetime flooding behind them.