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The Grappolo space in Chappaqua...

I walked by there today--windows are papered and there's work going on inside. The permit lists "Rob Roy" as the owner of the permit. Anyone know what's going in there?

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Grappolo
76 King St, Chappaqua, NY 10514

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  1. I was told that the owner of Bissell House in Ridgefield, CT is opening in the space. It is a restaurant/bar type place that gets mixed reviews on Yelp. I have never dined there, anyone else know anything about it?

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    1. re: EIF1lady

      The owner of Bissell House owned Deer Park Tavern. It burned down 2 years ago. If it is him, I would expect the same type of menu - American, sandwich to filet.

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      Deer Park Tavern
      40 Deer Park Rd, Katonah, NY 10536

      1. re: wincountrygirl

        across the street from Jardin Du Roi, that would be a very risky call... seems to me.

        I wanted to like Grappolo more; just never did.

        1. re: weedy

          I'm not sure why being across from Jardin would be risky........... it's a totally different kind of restaurant.

          1. re: wincountrygirl

            well, I suppose I feel that Jardin has excellent hamburgers, and sandwiches in the afternoon, and lots of relatively simple bistro food... and it's all good.

            Maybe I'm different, but I can't imagine why I would choose Deer Park if Jardin was across the street.... so...

            1. re: weedy

              Well, that is you. Deer Park is a different vibe and it depends what you are looking for. Does Jardin have a reuben with home made sauerkraut? 2 different places will attract different clientele. There is room for both.

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              Deer Park Cafe
              104 US Highway 6, Port Jervis, NY 12771

              1. re: wincountrygirl

                the coffee shop on the corner there has a Reuben.
                Every deli and diner in Westchester has a reuben.

                a bog standard "American" restaurant is going to be a huge yawn there.

                1. re: weedy

                  Weedy - I'm not sure if it will be a Deer Park Tavern, only that it is the owner. Have you ever been to the Deer Park Tavern in Katonah? If not, lets not judge. If you are that upset about it - don't go.............

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                  Deer Park Tavern
                  40 Deer Park Rd, Katonah, NY 10536

                  1. re: wincountrygirl

                    When you say "please don't go" are you speaking on behalf of the owners?
                    You sure they don't want me to go?

                    My point is that history has proved Chappaqua doesn't want another boring, standard, typical restaurant.
                    There are too many nearby alternatives.

                    Yes, I went to Deer Park once, and was underwhelmed.
                    Another hangar steak, another hamburger, another fish and chips... yawn.
                    That kind of menu os for restaurants who don't really have an idea why they want to be a restaurant.
                    Even pub food has become better than that these days. (although, granted, not in Westchester)

                    You and I just see this differently.
                    I think if they don't set themselves apart from the, very large, pack, they are doomed to fail there.

                    p.s. it was YOU who said "I would expect the same type of menu..."
                    Perhaps they are smart enough to NOT do that.

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                    Deer Park Cafe
                    104 US Highway 6, Port Jervis, NY 12771

                    1. re: weedy

                      I see your point. I loved Deer Park but partly because it was our neighborhood place - great for a fast bite. Chappaqua does not have many restaurants at all, really. My point to you was you started this out by saying they were kind of doomed with Jardin across the street and that really was my point, one has nothing to do with the other as they are two different types of restaurants.

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                      Deer Park Cafe
                      104 US Highway 6, Port Jervis, NY 12771

                      1. re: wincountrygirl

                        Chappaqua needs more (decent) restaurants... Mount Kisco is overflowing with restaurants, they could use a few in this town.

                        1. re: menton1

                          Chappaqua could certainly support more restaurants. If only the owners would realize that the town demands quality at a fair price. That is why Jardin has lasted.

    2. Just left King Street Bar and Grill; let's just say goodbye and good riddance to the word "Grappalo" forever, please. Lived here for 10 years, did Grappalo about twice because it was only ever a picture of what the good experience should be. Tonight, I was hesitant ,,, so I drove over and went in, without committing, to check the menu and speak to a few folks before deciding to call my friend and say, this is where we'll have dinner. I was won over by the hospitality from the moment I hit the sidewalk. Anyway, to cut to the chase -- the food, the atmosphere and the prices -- we had a par excellence experience and who knew, Wednesday was "wine night" with bottles at half price (what?), overly attentive and cheerful down to earth staff (over staffed), bountiful dishes of fragrant trout and dark green perfectly cooked spinach, asparagus, french beans ... the best was yet to come. Two very generous entrees, a shared appetizer, a bottle of good Pinot ($30 is good for me, at $15 it was even better ... and come to find out they will give you a special sealed bag to bring the open bottle home if you overdo it) ... one sorbet, one double espresso with cream on the side ... total bill was $89.00, are you kidding me right now. The vibe was easy going, casual, candlelit, clean, crisp, with some kind of feeling of ... a promise of some sort. To read (in the enclosures with the dinner check) that there's a brunch menu and some other nightly specials ... I forget what Tuesday is ... means that this could easily be a justifiable once a week indulgence. FINALLY in this town that sometimes feels like an old western where the only thing real is the street front facade.

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      1. re: chappaqua

        So happy to hear this. We miss Deer Park Tavern (it was our neighborhood place) and even though it won't be the neighborhood place anymore, we will go down to Chappaqua. Deer Park used to do the 1/2 price wine list as well and it was great. Even better that you can take home the leftovers!

      2. Hard to find their website using Google. Here's the link I just found. http://www.kingstreetrestaurantandbar...

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        1. re: chappaqua

          I went here for lunch and was not impressed. Mediocre salads and my octopus was just so so.