After an extensive renovation effort, the Fox Hole Tavern will be open for this weekends Czech Days celebration. Wilber native, Steve Ourecky and his wife Deb have spent nearly two years bringing the tavern back to life while keeping its tradition intact. The stuffed drinking Fox is back in place, the neon Fox Hole sign has been hung, and the original bar has been restored.
Steve Ourecky says, “Everyone is curious and very supportive.”
The Fox Hole originally opened in 1945. It sat empty and dilapidated for a few years until the Oureckys purchased the Tavern in the winter of 2015. After gutting the site from top to bottom, the Oureckys are ready to show off the new and improved Fox Hole Tavern.
The Fox Hole Tavern holds a special place in Steve Oureckys heart. He grew up in Wilber and spent part of his childhood there as his Grandfather and Father played cards at the establishment. He couldn’t walk away from the challenge of restoring the tavern and becoming a bar owner. Looking back on the project Ourecky says, “If I wanted a bar, I wouldn’t have bought this one. It took way too much work, but it was more than that.”