Rye House has set up a sidewalk café with tables on both North Main Street and Willett Avenue for the first time this year.
Jananne Abel|Westmore News
Rye House has set up a sidewalk café with tables on both North Main Street and Willett Avenue for the first time this year. Jananne Abel|Westmore News
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The number of Port Chester and Rye Brook restaurants offering outdoor eating has decreased by three from last year. However, at least one new eatery with a lovely outdoor deck will be opening before the end of the summer to replace one that closed last year. Assuming that occurs, the number will rise from the current 36 to 37.

Rye House, the Port Chester version of the New York City gastrobar which opened at the end of 2014 in the Stratmar building at 126 North Main St., has added an outdoor eating component this summer. In keeping with its classy interior, the outdoor setup features three round red metal tables for two and matching chairs on the Willett Avenue side of the restaurant shielded by black barriers with white lettering and another three tables in a similar arrangement on the North Main Street side.

Rye House, which specializes in artisanal spirits, craft cocktails and domestic craft beers, serves American comfort food from various regions of the country. Periodically it also offers live music.

Summer hours are dinner daily from 4 p.m., lunch Friday and Saturday starting at noon, brunch Sunday starting at 11 a.m. There is a happy hour at the bar from 4-7 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The Clydesdale Pub & Grill opened in May at 435 North Main St. where River House had been. Husband and wife team Joe and Debbie Ribeiro have transformed it into “an American bar with a British twist.” The Clydesdale offers American specialties, brick oven pizza as well as English staples like shepherd’s pie and delicious, lightly battered fish and chips. Debbie was born in Scotland but grew up in England.

It may not be readily apparent unless you ask, but a rebuilt wooden deck off the back of the restaurant overlooking the Byram River is now open for al fresco eating and drinking. Three square wooden tables and chairs for two, the same as those inside, have been moved out to the deck along with two corn plants and a few flowering specimens. The tables are shaded by four blue Bud Light umbrellas attached to the railing. The view isn’t gorgeous—the Ribeiros plan to eventually add an attractive fence and sea grasses—but it’s pleasant nonetheless.

The Ribeiros have continued River House’s tradition of serving food till 2 a.m. The pub and grill opens at 11 a.m.

Instead of a few tables along the side of the building, Bagel Emporium at 211 Irving Ave. now has a roomy brick patio out front with black metal mesh tables and chairs seating 14 covered by two aqua and two red Tommy Bahama umbrellas where customers can enjoy all types of bagels made on the premises and a large assortment of bagel sandwiches.

At the tail end of August the long-awaited replacement for Spadaro Ristorante is expected to open its doors at 23 North Main St. It’s not going to be Patsy’s, as previously stated on these pages, but instead Brandi Pizzeria, one of the oldest restaurants in Europe and inventor of the margherita pizza, dating back to 1760 with origins in Naples, Italy.

“We were going to do a Patsy’s but couldn’t strike a deal with them,” said Ray Payne with the private equity Hospitality Group based at 1133 Westchester Ave. in White Plains.

Brandi will be a full service 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, approximately 50 seats, on the lovely deck overlooking Abendroth Avenue.

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 added. “The restaurant is done, finished and ready to go,” said Payne. Hospitality Group is waiting on the liquor license, which they expect to have by the end of August. Meanwhile they are hiring for all positions, as signs in the windows indicate. If you’re interested, send a resume to ray@brandipizzeria.com or Collin@brandipizzeria.com.

Three restaurants offering an outdoor eating experience have closed since last July and have not been replaced. Nessa Ristorante, located diagonally across the street from the Port Chester police station at 325 North Main St., closed the week of Apr. 18. The upscale enotecca or Italian sandwich shop, which opened in 2007, had undergone a rebranding last fall which apparently didn’t help bring business back to what it had been in the restaurant’s heyday as one of Port Chester’s finer dining spots.

After 10 years in downtown Port Chester, Panera Bread did not renew its lease in the Waterfront at Port Chester development and moved out in October 2015, leaving a definite void.

Not surprisingly, Bow & Rose Café in the florist shop adjacent to Carvel at 604 North Main St. closed at some point during the past year and became Bow & Rose Boutique.

In addition, after many years placing a table or two outside, Frank’s Restaurant & Pizzeria at 23 Putnam Ave. hasn’t done so this year.

Tarry Market at 179 North Main St., which has an espresso bar as well as a new eatery called La Cucina inside the premises, is among the nine eating spots that applied for permits to create sidewalk cafés on the public sidewalks of Port Chester, Rye House among them. Tarry Market’s has not been approved, however, because the market is due for a fire safety inspection which has not yet occurred. Before October rolls around, however, you may see several tables for two in front of Tarry Market, as there have been the past several years, to enable patrons to grab a bite and eat it outside.

Now that nessa is closed, Piccolo Italian Gourmet at 321 North Main St. no longer has use of the lush patio between the two restaurants for al fresco dining. In fact, the patio is locked. Piccolo does have one high table for four on the side of the restaurant with four tall wicker stools. In addition, the front of the restaurant opens up to let the breeze in and create an outdoor feel.