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Local alternatives for vegans and vegetarians

Local alternatives for vegans and vegetarians

Ulster County in the summer is full of plenty of chances to work up an appetite. At various junctures for most of my 43 years, I have pursued either very healthy or exceedingly unhealthy lifestyles. Now on the path of virtue in a tourism season intensified by people released from lockdown, I want to promote a few local places that offer green-diet alternatives.

EJ Bonbons & Confections now open in Woodstock

EJ Bonbons & Confections now open in Woodstock

There’s a high-end artisan chocolatier in town now, enviably perched right on the edge of the Village Green, in the space that used to be a Win Morrison real estate office at 2 Old Forge Road. And the chocolates are divine. It’s only a matter of time before visitors won’t dream of leaving Woodstock without a box of EJ Bonbons tucked in their totebag.

Under new management, Bear Café reopens as Bear Cantina

Under new management, Bear Café reopens as Bear Cantina

Woodstockers, rejoice: The Bearsville Theater complex, now called the Bearsville Center, has trumpeted its reopening, officially effective February 1. While no live concerts have yet been scheduled as of presstime, there’s good news on the culinary front: Closed since May 2019, the iconic Bear Café is back up and running – as the Bear Cantina, serving Tex/Mex cuisine.

Woodstock’s Pearl Moon offers live music and serves American diner classics with a modern twist

Woodstock’s Pearl Moon offers live music and serves American diner classics with a modern twist

On the region’s ever-changing restaurant landscape, we mourn the passing of old favorites; we welcome new arrivals with a hearty good-luck-you’ll-need-it. It is not necessarily newsworthy when some dreamers throw their hat into this long-hours, tight-margins ring. But when said restaurant emerges from the gate with live music as an integral, explicit component of its mission and its design, not just an afterthought, it is big news indeed.

Ulster exec calls for restaurant hours to be extended

Ulster exec calls for restaurant hours to be extended

Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan today joined county executives in the seven counties that make up the Mid-Hudson Region to call upon the New York State Liquor Authority to permit restaurants to be open an additional two hours. Currently, in order to comply with the 10 p.m. curfew restriction, restaurants must stop seating patrons at 8:30 p.m.