Sunday, April 3, 2011
'Newbies' join Binghamton Restaurant Week
The River Bistro Restaurant (right), which formally opened Friday, is a product of renovations to the former Binghamton Regency hotel since Weissmann Real Estate took it over in December.
The menu includes touches of Asian, Pacific Rim and American Regional dishes, including upscale steak and seafood entrees, as well as a panini and burger list for casual meals.
It is just the latest in a string of new dining spots that are sparking talk of a resurgence in what has long been a depressed Southern Tier city.
Places to eat are helping a minI-revival of the downtown area, with new efforts filling spaces where previous eateries closed.
For example, Burger Mondays Bar & Grille recently opened at 23 Henry Street, and Amici opened in February at 126½ Henry. Next up is the much-anticipated Remlik's, scheduled to open in the Kilmer building at 31 Lewis Street this month.
"Remlik" is "Kilmer" spelled backward.
All the businesses are expected to take part in the 2nd annual Binghamton Restaurant Week, scheduled for April 5-14.
Burger Mondays, a "gourmet burger" bistro, is owned by Robert Hutchings and the husband-wife pair of Matthew and Suzie Jones. Their location had once been home to D.C. Dunster's. Their chef is Matthew Jones, who also is the executive chef at Number 5 restaurant.
Amici is owned by Daniel DiRienzo, whose mother in 2009 bought the Henry Street building that had housed Frankie's Tavern. It sports a 28-foot granite bar, and offers a menu of everything from finger foods to thin crust pizzas.
Remlik's, which succeeds the former Kilmer Brasserie & Steakhouse, is owned by Mike Tulsey and Ed Wesoloski. The executive chef, Steve Lutz, worked at the Chestnut Inn at Oquaga Lake, which closed last year. He will be offering what is described as "upscale comfort food," including such dishes as chicken pot pie, mac and cheese and roasted chicken.
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Posted by William M. Dowd at 2:19 PM