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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.

For Kingston restaurants that opened this year, improvisation and flexibility have been key 

For Kingston restaurants that opened this year, improvisation and flexibility have been key 

The restaurant business is famously tough even in good times. But throw in a once-in-a-100-year pandemic carrying unpredictable restrictions on dining, and it’s no exaggeration to say 2020 was probably the most difficult year to open a restaurant in recent memory. We caught up with five Kingston restaurants — Masa Midtown, Lunch Nightly, Casa Vallarta, Grainne, and Tilda’s Kitchen and Market — to find out how they made it work.