There have been quite a few culinary openings this spring in Sullivan County, which I think is a great sign. The two that have caught my eye are the Callicoon Brewery and The Local Table and Tap.
The Local Table and Tap opened in the space occupied by Luzon Station in Kauneonga Lake. The owners Kevin McElroy and Richard Watt both have strong culinary backgrounds, and have combined forces to create a pretty remarkable dining experience. The food is American fare with a twist. The ambiance is a simple, modern and has a cool Rhinebeck–or somewhere on the Hudson feel. The outdoor deck seats a bunch, and looks out on the water. You definitely have to have a meal and a pint here this summer.
The other is the Callicoon Brewery which opened in the old firehouse in Callicoon. I have not had a chance to eat here yet, but they did a great job with the exterior, and all the online reviews are good. It looks like another great place to grab a drink, and some grub.
These kinds of openings once again affirm that our area is changing for the better. I drove through downtown Callicoon the other day. From one end of main street to the other, we have new storefronts and business. The pizzeria has moved and expanded, Cafe Devine is open, there is a new bike shop, Ridgeback Sports. The library has expanded. The wine store is open and always busy. There are two new antique shops. Getting a parking spot is a pain in the ass. I love it.