Catskills Restaurant Report: Hellos & Goodbyes

If you read our 2017 preview back in February, you already know the Catskills will see a slew of new restaurants opening across the region this year. As we head into the summer season, we have a few new ones to add to our list, as well as a few closures to report.


Outsiders Kitchen + Cafe, 45278 Route 30, Margaretville: Breakfast pizza, bagels, soups, sandwiches and baked goods anchor the menu at this new eatery helmed by partners Jacob Johnson and Julie Landes. The pair revived a long-vacant building just north of the Village of Margaretville, near Kelly Corners, where they offer eat-in or take-out. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Read more from the Catskill Mountain News. Status: Open.

The DeBruce, 982 Debruce Road, Livingston Manor: The newest project from Sims and Kirsten Foster, the team behind The Arnold House and several other hospitality projects in Sullivan County, debuted last weekend. Set on 600 acres overlooking the Willowemoc River, The DeBruce inn offers both lodging and dining, with 14 guest rooms and two restaurants. The formal dining room and a casual club room are both open to the public Thursday through Monday. (Reservations are required in the dining room.) Status: Open.

The Kaatskeller, 39 Main St. Livingston Manor: Wood-fired pizzas are the star of the show at this new bar and restaurant, which is tentatively scheduled to open the first week of June. Locally sourced toppings, sides and salads as well as Catskills’ area beer, cider and spirits are on the menu. A large outdoor garden seats 100 diners, in addition to the indoor dining room and bar area. Status: Coming soon.

The Kaatskeller on Livington Manor’s Main Street sports a large outdoor dining garden. Photo via the restaurant’s Facebook page.

Bite Me Bakery, Phoenicia Plaza, Route 28, Phoenicia: A year after launching in Shokan, cupcake maven Gillian Johnson announced this spring that she will expand to a larger bakery/cafe this summer in the Route 28 strip mall, where it will join the new Woodstock Brewing. Status: In the works.

Shokan’s Bite Me Bakery will bring its cupcakes to a second location in Phoenicia this summer. Photo via the bakery’s Facebook page.

The Windham Local, 5410 Route 23, Windham: David Liatti, of Brooklyn beer hall 61 Local, and Peter Withers are listed as the principals in a new business under way in the old Daly’s Coffee Bar space on Windham’s Main Street. Status: In the works.

The Red Rose Motel & Tavern, 21677 Old Route 17, Roscoe: The team behind the popular Escape Brooklyn blog is bringing a classic Catskillian motel back to life in a painstaking restoration project. (Follow along on Facebook.) They are targeting Fourth of July weekend to launch the bar, with rooms coming online later this year. Status: In the works.


Brown Bar & Kitchen, 383 Route 296, Windham: Proprietors Gregg Lockwood and Rachael Sloan shuttered their fledgling restaurant in the hamlet of Hensonville this spring, just shy of a year after opening.

Stick in the Mud, 743 Main St., Margaretville: The coffee shop, cafe and local goods retail store vacated its historic Bussy Building space abruptly at the beginning of May after a little more than a year in business. Owner Lizzie Douglas tells Catskill Eats that her lease was up and she decided not to renew for another year due to changing family plans.

Maplehurst Family Restaurant, 75 Maple Road, Roxbury: The refurbished inn along Route 30 just north of town is on the market, two years after owner Richard Neff bought it, opening the restaurant in the summer of 2015.

Pine Hill Arms, 288 Main St., Pine Hill: The restaurant and inn shuttered at the end of March, when its longtime owners Bob and Valerie Konefal retired after 44 years.

Related: Coming Soon: New Catskills Restaurants Debuting in 2017

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