By Ashley M. Casey
Rev up your classic car and get ready for some ice cream — Sweet Inspirations Drive-In is under new ownership.
After spending nearly four years on the market, the Fulton fixture has been purchased by Kevin Niver Sr. His children, Kevin Niver Jr. and Kaitlyn Niver, will help manage the drive-in. The deal closed May 14.
“It’s a Fulton landmark. He didn’t want to see it gone,” Kevin Jr. said of his father’s decision to purchase Sweets, as it’s affectionately nicknamed, from the Freeman family.
“We’re excited about getting these doors open,” he said. “People are excited and want this place back.”
Former owners Sandy and Stephanie Freeman put Sweet Inspirations up for sale in late 2010. The 3,871 square-foot building sits on 1.5 acres of land. The Nivers declined to say how much they paid for the property.
Kevin Niver Sr. is an employee of Oswego Health. His son said his family has never owned a restaurant before, but they have received “a lot of support” and “guidance” from family and friends.
The Nivers hope to open in two to three weeks with a “grand opening” day in about four weeks.
Before it opens to the public, Sweet Inspirations is getting a makeover, starting with a new parking lot by E-Z Paving of Fulton.
“We want to keep it the same traditional Sweet Inspirations it’s been since (1989), but it needed some upgrades,” Kevin Jr. said.
He added that the interior will be repainted as well.
Aside from the appearance, don’t expect too many changes from the old Sweets — for now.
“We’re going to keep the same menu,” Kevin Jr. said. “We’re just trying to get our feet wet.”
The Nivers will be continuing the drive-in’s tradition of holding sock hops and Cruise Nights on Saturday.
Kevin Jr. said the family expects to employ 35 people.
The Nivers will announce a hiring day to hand out job applications. Check Sweet Inspirations’ social media pages on Facebook (Sweet Inspirations Drive-In) and Twitter @SweetsDriveIn for a date and time.
Keep your eye on The Valley News for a follow-up story as Sweet Inspirations moves closer to an opening date.