Like many businesses across the country, Ulster County restaurants cannot hire enough servers and kitchen staff to maintain their hours. Coming out of the pandemic, the food industry may be irrevocably transformed, with fewer, perhaps better paid workers, higher prices and fewer dining out options.
New Paltz area | Business
Before going to the mall to buy a pair of winter shoes, I should’ve checked to make sure the store still existed.
Leaders at the Woodland Pond senior enclave in New Paltz are testing the waters with the idea of adding three more cottages.
Gunkin’ Doughnuts, a newly established artisanal bakery outpost in downtown New Paltz, owned and operated by climber/master baker Rachel Wyman, continues to gain traction, moving from a once-a-week outdoor sweet-shop to a permanent home on Main Street in the Village.
Rosendale’s Red Brick Tavern has reopened as Santa Fe Burger Bar, under the day-to-day operational leadership of Roxana Guerra, a longtime manager at the Santa Fe Kingston branch. New owners, Annie and Jimmy Demosthenes and David Weiss, have put their own brand on the place. It’s not the same Mexican food as the Santa Fe chain, the menu features craft burgers, craft beers and fancy milkshakes.
The proposal would site a three-story building on the lot, one that’s broken up by the varied roof height to seem more like five attached buildings than a single structure. There would be 15 apartments on the upper floors and four retail spots at ground level.
On August 12, the New Paltz Regional Chamber of Commerce posted a “message to our membership” on its website, announcing its intent to dissolve “because of financial hardships resulting from the pandemic.”
New plans call for the College Diner to be torn down to make room for a local branch of Hudson Valley Credit Union.
A number of more recently vacated storefronts have joined a number of empty buildings and dark windows around town. Some of these are businesses shuttered under the weight of a pandemic-fueled economic crisis, but others have been in that limbo between uses for a longer period of time.
With three lakes and miles of trails — ideal for summer hiking and biking as well as cross-country skiing — Hudson River Valley Resorts saw a magnet for monied New Yorkers, less than two hours from Manhattan. The company would tear down the shabby, 1950s-era lodgings, put up a grand new hotel and spa and surround them with townhouses and private homes. Unfortunately for locals, a beach club was not in their plans — at least not for the foreseeable future.