Rise above the bakery
Shiri Reuveni-Ullrich runs Rising Above Bakery, a non-profit bakery, at his Chestnut Ridge home, which teaches young adults with special needs to cook on November 2, 2021.
Peter Carr, Rockland / Westchester Journal News
Opening a business – let alone a food establishment – during a pandemic is risky business. However, catering establishments continue to open. Ronald Mamangon of Eat, Study & Sip in Nanuet was attracted by reasonable rent; Neal Alpuche of Pom Pom Breakfast & Bistro in Pearl River, simply loves the industry. He’s been in the restaurant business for over 20 years and so, despite the labor shortage (and wearing owner and server hats during the week), was not dissuaded from opening.
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“I’m starting to know everyone who supports Pom Pom in our early stages and I love to express my gratitude in person,” he said. “At the moment, I wouldn’t want it any other way.”
Some spots opened a few months ago; others, quite recently. If you want to support local businesses, here are a few to consider:
Are you looking for a quiet place to study or work? Or a place of tutoring assistance that is not at home? Add a variety of coffees, bubble teas, homemade mochi donuts and rice bowls and you have Eat, Study & Sip, a new concept from Mamangon. A teacher at Rockland and Westchester Community Colleges, he merged the idea of a café and a learning center.
Open since April (but with a new sign that went up last week), its menu offers light bites, mostly gluten-free, as well as an assortment of drinks. And the ice cream is coming soon. The space, with a large dining room-shaped table in the middle, a sofa and a guitar, is available for music lessons, revision lessons, and private lessons. You can even rent the space for private parties, including dinner parties and karaoke.
Go: 199 Main Street 845-442-3017, eatstudyandsip.com
Hours: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day
Open since mid-July, this wine bar / restaurant offers a range of flatbreads, burgers, salads, sandwiches and pastas. It also offers bottomless brunches with mimosas, sangrias, Bloody Mary’s and Aperol Spritz.
Go: 190 S. Main St., 845-323-4505, fireandcork.com
Hours: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 12 p.m. Friday and Saturday; Sunday 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Neal Alpuche, who has been in the restaurant business for over 20 years (he was part of the now defunct The Globe in Larchmont, as well as Ron Black’s and The Brazen Fox in White Plains), took over what had been the Muddy Brook Cafe in May, renaming him Pom Pom after his beloved Pomeranian Daisy.
Alpuche remodeled it himself and reopened as a fully licensed breakfast and lunch venue on September 22. He also designed the restaurant logo which represents Daisy patiently waiting at the end of the table for her leftover dinner.
His goal with his diner-esque spot? For a modern twist to a traditional breakfast, expect matcha pancakes with tangerine syrup and a hash brown waffle with bits of bacon and a drizzle of chive cream cheese. There’s also a full Irish breakfast and hash corned beef and eggs. And, it serves specialty coffees like lattes and cappuccino as well as mimosas, Bloody Mary’s, wines by the glass, and matcha drinks.
Go: 14 S. Main St., 845-920-1655, pompombnb.com
Hours: 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday to Sunday
Boxer Donut and Espresso Bar is moving across the street to the old Vibes Cafe at 17 N. Franklin and plans to open in early December. Owner Eric Brown said guests can expect an expanded menu, more indoor and outdoor seating, off-street bicycle parking, extended hours and music. live.
Kappadocia cuisine, a new Mediterranean restaurant, should open in December in the former DVine Pie space. 453 avenue Piermont, Piermont,
Tappan’s Noodle center known for its fresh Hudson Valley ingredients and commitment to sustainability, closed in late October. Owner Jack Sitti wrote on his website that he is back in Thailand.
Jeanne Muchnick covers food and meals. Click here for his most recent articles and follow his latest culinary adventures on Instagram @lohud_food or via the lohudfood newsletter.