MOUNT VERNON — After six months without downtown’s flagship restaurant, the much anticipated re-opening of The Alcove is only days away.
“We’re sorry it took so long,” owner Karen Wright told the News. “But it takes a long time to get to this.”
“This” is not your grandma’s Alcove. Nor is it simply a remodeled, regrouped version of Mount Vernon’s oldest restaurant. The Alcove 2.0 with its new look, new menu and renewed emphasis on hospitality is set to return fine dining to South Main Street and strike up a new energy that has been missing from the business district.
“When I was a kid, ‘this’ was the nice restaurant. It was the place where people went for special occasions,” Wright said. “But it didn’t keep going that way. It was nobody’s particular fault, it just happened.”
The physical changes at The Alcove are plentiful. Once beyond the familiar doors to the bar or the restaurant, it’s a whole new atmosphere.
Restaurant patrons will be greeted just inside the door, next to the big picture window on South Main Street. The old shelving from Candyland, which used to line the lobby, has been repurposed upstairs, making room for a cafe area that will cater to small tables or larger families.
The wall between the lobby and The Library has been removed and replaced by partial walls and a glass window.
“We wanted to create a little more interaction between these two spaces and give (The Library) it’s own space. The noise and excitement out of the bar — that’s good noise,” said Katie Wright, co-owner.
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