WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- Last Halloween, two Waynesboro businessmen purchased a building that resembled a giant pumpkin and since have carved out a restaurant space unlike others downtown.
The formerly orange John Wallace building on West Main Street now features two outdoor seating areas that could comfortably seat 90 restaurant-goers, according to one of the building's owners.
And the paint scheme has been muted with more natural hues.
"I think we get the award for 'most improved' because it was the worst-looking building," said Paul Gunder, who joined Bob Zimmerman, a Waynesboro dentist, in the efforts.
Workers tackled upstairs apartments from January to April. They replaced the wiring and gave each unit its own heat pump.
"They were very easy to rent," said Gunder, a real estate agent.
The focus then shifted to the building's exterior and first floor. Gunder and Zimmerman needed to ensure the renovation coordinated with the borough-funded installation of brick sidewalks on Main Street.