October 20, 2014
A New Restaurant in Town!
I love supporting my local community in Bedford and the surrounding towns. I think it is so important that everyone does this wherever they live!
A new restaurant has just opened in Mount Kisco, not far from my farm. It’s called Winston and it’s named after a beloved rescue dog, a six-year-old American pit bull terrier, adopted by the restaurant’s executive chef Michael Williams. I love the idea of naming a restaurant for a beloved dog!
Michael was formerly the chef of a local restaurant called The Perennial Chef and spent ten years working in some of New York City’s best restaurants including Oceana, Mirezi, DB Bistro, and Park Avenue Café.
Winston is owned by my friends Jim and Leslie Atwood and it's a beautiful new addition to the local community.
Enjoy the photos.
1 This is the restaurant's namesake, Winston! Executive Chef Michael Williams found him wandering behind an old production kitchen in the Bronx, New York. When he was unable to find the dog's owner, he decided to adopt him.
2 This is Chef Michael Williams. He is a graduate of the French Culinary Institute and spent his early years living and traveling throughout Asia. His menu showcases bright, balanced flavors and expert technique, incorporating local ingredients when available.
3 The mayor of Mount Kisco, New York, Michael Cindrich, doing the honors at the ribbon cutting ceremony - which officially opened the new restaurant. James Atwood, Winston's owner is helping out while Chef Michael Williams and General Manager Paul Neagu hold up the ribbon on the right.
4 The mayor congratulating the owner, James Atwood on the opening of his new restaurant.
5 Mayor Michael Cindrich with the restaurant team and Winston just after the ribbon cutting ceremony.
6 Chef Michael Williams with his very proud dog, Winston!
7 The new exterior of Winston. The building, located at 130 East Main Street in Mount Kisco, dates from the 1940s. Previously it was home to several restaurants. It took three years to renovate the space. The new restaurant was designed by local Mount Kisco Architect Ira Grandberg, AIA and his team. http://www.grandbergarchitects.com
8 This is the main level bar of Winston with views of second level. The 81-seat restaurant, designed by award-winning firm Grandberg & Associates Architects, features three-levels including the only open-air rooftop bar and lounge in Mount Kisco.
9 Another shot of the bar.
10 This is the first level of seating, with photos of Winston adorning the walls!
11 The very well prepared Winston team!
There are four managers, four bartenders, two barbacks, two hostesses, seven wait staff, one expeditor, three food runners, and two baristas!
A barback is a bartender’s assistant/runner – they help refill and stock ice, liquor, beer, and glassware. An expeditor is the person in the kitchen who is communicating incoming and outgoing orders to the back of house (kitchen team) and front of house staff (servers, etc.)
12 Chef Michael Williams with his team of of pastry chefs and line cooks. Line cooks are responsible for making sure that food is prepared to the exact specifications of the chef.
13 Salmon tartar with gaufrette potatoes, dill, and lemon shallot dressing.
14 Moroccan duck breast with glazed citrus honey and spices, potato gratin, mushroom medley, duck jus.
15 Pan seared crab cakes with pickled watermelon guacamole and smoky chipotle sauce.
16 Winston is very proud!