Location can be a deciding factor in the success of a particular business. Visibility is particularly valued for interests serving food and drink, but high visibility can be a bit of a headache when a business is still on the drawing board. Revealing too much about a concept before opening day might lead to a competitive disadvantage. There’s also lots to do the days and months leading up to opening a new business, and time is money.
A clutch location in New Paltz is 127 Main Street, where two different iterations of Shea O’Brien’s have now come and gone. Luis Martinez confirmed that he and his wife will be opening a Mexican restaurant there. Exactly when he was unable to say, as they are waiting delivery of parts from out of the country.
Martinez is principal of the Lalo Group which owns, and previously pitched plans to develop, the so-called “pit” property adjacent to New Paltz Village Hall.
Sitting as it does on land commanding a beautiful view of the Hudson River, it’s no wonder that Lloyd residents are curious about the fate of the old Mariner’s on the Hudson, next to Bob Shepard Highland Landing Park. It’s owned by Rich Ronkese, proprietor of On a Roll Deli, but he’s reportedly not answering any questions about his plans for the property.
Ronkese did not respond, by press time, to a note left for him with an employee at his deli, a postcard mailed to his home or a Facebook message asking him to comment for this story. He has no phone number listed, and it did not appear he had read the Facebook message.