Movin' On Up
DONNA HAMMOND CHOSE TO RELOCATE her much-loved Hudson Street Cafe to a completely different venue when her lease expired late last year. The new spot—a busy, commercial stretch of Rt. 52 in the Town of Newburgh—is a far cry from the quiet, sidewalk cafe-style setting of Cornwall-on-Hudson, but Hammond sees good things happening with the move. “I wanted it to be a really nice space, a space I could be proud of,” she says, adding that one significant change will be a beer and wine license that “will give us more opportunities to work with local producers, especially the breweries, wineries and cideries in the area. I am really looking forward to expanding our reach.” Hammond stresses her menu will remain unchanged, though she is looking to the new neighborhood to help her shape future menu decisions. (The most requested item thus far is the return of dinner service; the new, 50-seat dining room is currently open only for breakfast and lunch.) Why Newburgh? “After Mike Kelly opened Liberty Street Bistro right alongside other great spots like Ms. Fairfax, I realized they had found their niches,” she notes. “With this new location, I want to do the same—to get involved. To drive a healthy community, you need places where people can live and work and eat. I like to give back to the community we work in and to see a resurgence in the area.” Mon-Sat am-3pm; Sun 7am-2pm.