A few years ago, a LeRoy couple envisioned the restoration of a historical
building in town. Once proud, well built, an established structure of another
era in time, old buildings often are left to decay
until the only course
of action is to demolish them.
Pam and Terry Hall, already active members of the LeRoy Historical Society and
to preserve the past of
this small but once bustling lumber town, purchased the old 1882 M.V. Gundrum
building. Once a Mercantile, located on the corner of Main & Bevins streets,
it had definitely seen
better days. But the
Halls saw the promise of something yet in the skeleton of the building itself.
Pieces of the past remained still, although untouched for half a century.
With an exceptional eye for detail, a thought process to preserve the building
itself as much as possible, they began restoration of the Gundrum in 2005.
Walls & ceilings came down to expose the work of the original builders of a
century ago. Woods were carefully removed and
Their plan for a restaurant, utilizing the beauty and history of this
magnificent old building was under way. Preservation requires more time and
effort than merely beginning anew. But the effort, in the end, is what makes
Bevins Crossing what it is today. Named for James E. Bevins, who came to LeRoy
in 1871, he was an intricate figure in the immergence of LeRoy as a growing
village of the 1880's. The first Village President, he was also the
first Postmaster, and was listed in the 1878 Business
Directory as a dealer
in general merchandise, wood products, real estate and loan services.
Like Godfrey Gundrum
of later years, who played a major role in the shaping of the village. Mary
and Godfrey Gundrum & family, pioneers of LeRoy, owned the Mercantile from
1882 to the early 1970's, selling footwear, dry goods, clothing and
prescription drugs. Many remember the penny candy jars.
The Halls, eager to save this old mercantile, began the journey to keep the
past and yet have a modern day restaurant. Beautifully restored, Bevins
Crossing features Brazilian Cherry hardwood floors, all antique chandeliers, a
vintage humidor with original glass pay station, a 6' tall early 1900's
oak mantle surround,
with a working gas fireplace. The wainscot on the walls are the restored
ceiling boards. Huge beams and corbels cross the high ceilings. Old style wide
wood trim surrounds windows and doors and leaded glass windows are prominent.
Bevins Crossing is
a non-smoking, non-alcohol buffet style restaurant, with a fresh salad bar,
homemade dessert bar, soup, beverage and hot entree bar. Foods are not fried,
but rather cooked in a healthier manner.
One price of $7.99 to
$9.99 includes all choices. Special holiday dining pricing is slightly higher.
Senior pricing on
Thursdays, and children's pricing of $4.99 each day. The menu changes daily.
Located in LeRoy
Hours: Thur & Fri 11AM-9PM
phone (231) 768-5553 during business hours
or by chance Monday & Tuesday
Larger party reservations are accepted.
banquet room is Open to
seat 50-60 additional diners and for special events.
Bevins Crossing is a great place for gatherings for birthdays, conferences,
small receptions, etc.
Exceptional buffet menu changes daily, situated in a warm friendly atmosphere.
Great food! Great comfortable friendly dining!