History of The Village Coal Tower

The Village Coal Tower is rich in history going as far back as October 1825 when the Erie Canal was first opened. A towpath was built along the bank of the canal for the horses and mules to pull boats with passengers and cargo along the 363 miles of waterway from Albany to Buffalo.

Schoen Place(Shane)was originally a lumberyard called Schoen Alley, located along the Canal’s towpath. In the early 1900’s, Joe and Charles Schoen constructed the Village Coal Tower using it for coal storage to service the boats on the Erie Canal and local residents.

Generations later, in 1967, Ted Collins purchased the Village Coal Tower from the Schoen family. Working together with community leaders and businesses, Mr. Collins’ vision of a retail center along the canal became a reality and in 1976 the Village Coal Tower Restaurant was opened.

Since then, Schoen Place has evolved into one of the areas favorite destinations and we at the Village Coal Tower are very proud to be a part of making that happen.
Our goals at the Coal Tower are simple: to provide warm, friendly service to our customers by offering a broad menu which appeals to all, serving only the finest, freshest food an to be an active member of this community. Although Pittsford, Schoen Place and the Village Coal Tower are rooted deeply in history, only a community and its residents can make such places truly historic!

We at the Village Coal Tower welcome you to relax and enjoy!
We sincerely appreciate your patronage!

9 Schoen Place
Pittsford, NY 14534



Mon - Thur
7:00am - 8:00pm
7:00am - 8:30pm
Sat & Sun
 8:00am - 8:00pm 



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