In Port Chester, T&J Restaurant
& Pizzeria has just completed its move from 227 Westchester Ave. to
much larger quarters with an outdoor patio on the ground floor of the brand new
attractive office building at 10 Pearl St. constructed by Dominick Neri,
president and CEO of Neri’s Bakery Products. The new, much-anticipated
restaurant opened Monday, Oct. 24, and when I passed by at lunchtime that day,
there wasn’t a space left in the parking lot across the street. I look forward
to eating at and touring the new space where I’m sure the Vitiello, Ruggierio
and Sassano families will continue to make and serve the delicious pizza and
Italian specialties T&J has become known for over the past 26 years and make
their customers feel at home in their new quarters.
Wingstop at 110 Abendroth
Ave. is shooting for a mid-November opening, said general manager David Lewis
on Monday, Oct. 24. “Once we get all of our inspections, that’s what we’re
waiting for now.”
Wingstop is a national restaurant chain and this will be its
first Westchester location and the first of many restaurants franchisee Brian
Robinson expects to open.
The 2100-square-foot eatery will have 54 seats plus an outdoor
seating area and a to-go counter.
Wingstop, which has more than 900 locations in the U.S. and
around the world, serves classic chicken wings, boneless chicken and crispy
chicken tenders in 13 different flavors plus fries and sides.
“We’re excited to open,” said Lewis on Monday, Oct. 24.
“It’s the quality that is different,” said Lewis when asked about
the store’s proximity to a Buffalo Wild Wings. “The wings are made fresh. They
are bigger wings and care goes into them.”
It’s been a long wait, but it looks like Brandi Trattoria and Brandi Pizzeria
next door to Wingstop in the same building are targeted to open on Jan. 9 at 50
Abendroth Ave. where Spadaro Ristorante had last briefly been. Two of the
principals from the private equity Hospitality Group based in White Plains and
new general manager Michael Lodolce were sitting around a table in the
restaurant Monday morning, Oct. 24 coming up with a plan for and date of
Brandi Pizzeria is one of the oldest restaurants in Europe and
inventor of the margherita pizza, dating back to 1760 with origins in Naples,
Brandi will include a full service Italian restaurant seating 100
on the Abendroth Avenue side and a small pizzeria accommodating 12 on the North
Main Street side of the space, which stretches between the two parallel thoroughfares.
There will be outdoor eating for about 50 on the deck overlooking
The space has been totally gutted aside from the pizza oven, the
bar moved to the opposite side of the restaurant and enlarged and a second
pizza oven installed.
Physically, the restaurant has been ready to go since July and
was expected to open in late August. However, thanks to the State Liquor
Authority, the owners have just received their liquor license, stated one of
the principals this week.
Ladolce, who has been in the business for 35 years and has opened
67 restaurants, has laid out a plan for training, marketing and all that goes
into a smooth opening, arriving at the early January date.
In mid-October I noticed a sign had gone up on the front of the
shuttered nessa enoteca which I knew had been for sale at 325 North Main St. It
broadcasts that a modern Moroccan restaurant called Argana Restaurant & Bar will be coming soon. I looked up the
name online and found locations of restaurants with the Argana name in Morocco, Pennsylvania and Las
Vegas, but none anywhere near Port Chester. It will be a welcome addition to
the self-named “Restaurant Capital of Westchester,” a cuisine Port Chester is
lacking and one I only tried many years ago in Paris and never went beyond
couscous. I look forward to exploring the new spices and flavors Argana will
add to the village’s multicultural palate. With no contact information, there
is no way of knowing when this new ethnic eatery will open its doors.
In Rye Brook, Dig Inn Seasonal Market is under construction
at the Rye Ridge Shopping Center. It will take over part of the space formerly
occupied by Family Discount.
“They are anticipating an opening by the end of November,” said
Erin Hinchey, leasing representative for the shopping center, in an email.
Dig Inn is the only farm to table, locally sourced, organic, fast
casual dining option, according to Hinchey.
Rye Ridge will be its 12th location and the chain’s
first outside of Manhattan.
Dig Inn was founded in 2011 by Adam Eskin, a former Merrill Lynch
trader who always had an interest in healthy living.