The owners of Goods Luncheonette are celebrating their second year in business by adding Saturday hours and a new dessert menu.
Chef Adam Kowalsky and partner Zach Johnan have built a loyal local audience in the Boiceville area by serving fresh, all-natural food in a casual setting where no single menu item exceeds $10. Dishes like made-to-order egg sandwiches on homemade rolls, garlic-rosemary fries with Sriracha mayo and a killer Reuben draw repeat customers for breakfast and lunch.
“It’s been amazing, really, how well the restaurant’s been received,” Kowalsky said. “We have some customers we see on a daily basis, for whom we’ve become part of their day.”
Until now, Goods was open only on weekdays, in part because both partners have demanding weekend jobs heading the kitchen at Full Moon Resort in nearby Big Indian.
The expansion to Saturday hours coincides with the debut of a new menu item Kowalsky has concocted. It’s a combination of ice cream and shave ice that he has christened “Mountain Snow.” It consists of ice cream from Vermont’s Soco Creamery on the bottom, topped with a helping of fluffy ice flavored with housemade fruit purees and other toppings. The icy topping is shaved, not chipped, so it’s more like snow than a traditional snow cone. One of Kowalsky’s favorite combos: vanilla ice cream topped with strawberry-coconut ice. A small costs $4 and a large costs $6. Both components are also available separately, in cups or cones.
Additionally on the dessert front, Goods just began carrying cookies from Woodstock’s Peace, Love and Cupcakes bakery. Kowalsky is also making wedding cakes, a business he says is booming as the Catskills’ reputation as a destination resurges.
“This whole area is really blowing up, and we seem to be right in the middle of it,” he said.
The partners are committed to keeping their prices down, despite the influx of tourists.
“It’s really important to me and Zach that there’s at least one option for an affordable meal here,” he said. “Money comes and goes, but the community stays.”
What’s next for the partners in Goods’ sophomore year? Dinner hours in Boiceville and a second restaurant, both still down the road a ways, Kowalsky said.
“As soon as the stars line up, we’d like to have a place further east on 28,” he said. “But I want it to be perfect: the right idea, the right location. We’re just trying to perfect what we’ve started.”
Find Goods Luncheonette at 4125 Route 28, Boiceville. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday; closed on Sunday. Follow the restaurant on Facebook and Instagram for updated menu offerings. Vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options are available.