Food Boom in the Catskills

It’s been said that the restaurant business is one of the hardest ways to make a living. Long hours, late nights and high operating costs can foil the most accomplished chefs and restaurateurs. However, in the Catskills, direct access to some of the most exceptional produce, meat and products as well as great available spaces and better affordability make more sense for opening a new business. It’s no wonder the region has been fortunate to welcome a wave of new food businesses.

Recently Opened

You can now enjoy a taste of Germany in the Catskills. The Bavaria Restaurant, a new family-owned establishment, recently opened in Sidney.  Serving authentic, freshly prepared German/Bavarian cuisine, the changing menu always offers something new. German music in the background sets the tone for a lovely dining experience. The Bavaria Restaurant is located at 27 Division Street in Sidney, NY. Call 607.206.6927 for reservations.

If you’ve even driven Route 28 between Delhi and Oneonta, you’ve seen an adorable ice cream shop being built next to a beautiful pond, surrounded buy a large field. We are very excited to announce that Polar Bear Homemade Ice Cream & More is finally open. At this unique destination farm market,  visitors will enjoy original, premium Polar Bear ice cream and novelty seasonal items: cotton candy, gourmet caramel apples, fudge, kettle corn and old-fashioned candies. The store also sells traditional farm products such as fresh produce and farm-raised grass-fed beef. In addition to all the sweet treats and local product, it’s a great lunch stop with burgers and fries too. Find them on 5212 State Hwy 28 South in North Franklin, NY.

Opening Soon

Fashion model and entrepreneur Taylor Foster once owned a much beloved bakery called Heaven on Main Street (now Brushland Eating House) and Carver Farrell, a Bovina native, operated a restaurant in Gowanus Brooklyn called The Pines. The Pines received high praise for its careful selection of New York State sourced produce and meats and their selection of all-natural wines. Taylor, Carver and The Pines team are bringing their experience and commitment to locally sourced food to the Catskills for a summer and fall pop-up restaurant. Opening on June 9th, Goldenrod will source exclusively in Delaware County with every dish telling the story of the people growing the freshest ingredients available. Dinner will be served Thursdays through Sundays through fall 2018 at 53 Main Street in Delhi, NY.

In Arkville, new owner Paul W. Collyer is renovating the former Margaretville Bowl and re-opening it soon as the Ark Bowl & BBQ. The establishment will also has a restaurant and a bar, and it will be frequently hosting live music and movies. With a relaxed, family-friendly vibe, it will a great place to spin the ball and enjoy an evening of food and conversation. The Ark Bowl & BBQ is located at 42366 State Hwy 28, Arkville, NY. 845.586.2695

A culinary landmark in Margaretville was just sold, bringing a whole new lease on life to the beloved Binnekill Square Restaurant. With the assistance of Coldwell Banker Timberland Properties representing the long-time owners Walter and Jackie Keller, a new restaurant is scheduled to open in its place this summer. The restaurant was purchased by real estate developer Phillip Farinacci and his partner Peter Botros. The new eatery will be opened by chef Bryan Calvert, an Andes resident and author of Brooklyn Rustic: Simple Food for Sophisticated Palates. Word is that the new restaurant will have an updated version of the much beloved Schnitzel, a staple of the original menu. When opened, you will be able to find your table at 746 Main Street in Margaretville, NY.

Top photo: The Bavaria Restaurant, Sidney, NY