Days after the ink dried on the closing papers for the one-story building at 184 Main Street that up until last week was home to Poppy's Burgers and Fries and owned by its founder Paul Yeaple, the press release went out announcing that the new building owner - Brian Arnoff, owner and chef at Kitchen Sink just across and down the street - would be opening a second location on Main Street, Meyer’s Olde Dutch, "a casual, modern interpretation of the classic burger joint," slated to open May 2017 in the 184 Main Street location.
Utilizing the new bar that Poppy's had installed during its last round of renovations, Meyer's Olde Dutch will run a full-service bar serving a large selection of New York craft beer, locally produced wine and house-crafted cocktails. Kitchen Sink is known for its selection of New York based wine. They are also known for locally sourced beef, cheese, and local produce, which will make its way into the new burger joint. Kitchen Sink, followed by Meyer's Olde Dutch, have taken farm to table to a new level by owning a family micro farm, Truckload Farm and Orchard in Hyde Park, which supplies some of the food grown on the farm to Brian's restaurants. Meyer's Old Dutch will offer lamb, chicken and vegan options with multiple toppings and house-made signature sauces, plus hand-cut fries, sweet potato fritters and salads.
The Ultimate Farm To Table Burger Joint
The burger joint at this location wasn't just any burger joint. Poppy's owner Paul Yeaple was a Beacon pioneer of the farm to table experience. When speaking to Southwest Dutchess, Paul reflected: "When I started Poppy's eight years ago, there was no local food anywhere in Beacon. Now it's abundant. Maybe we can go to another town and help incubate a better food situation for them too." Paul certainly has left his mark for farm to table, as Meyer's Olde Dutch will be dressing the burgers with produce from their very own farms. That kind of farm to table match is rare. For more on Paul's thinking on why he closed Poppy's, see Brian PJ Cronin's article in the Highlands Current.
About Meyer's Olde Dutch
Meyers Olde Dutch 's named after Brian's great grandfather Meyer, who once owned and operated Olde Dutch Grocery across the river in Middletown, NY. “We look forward to bringing the same passion for food that we’ve provided across the street in our fine dining establishment, but in a more casual atmosphere.” The dining at Kitchen sink is already quite casual - a classy casual - with an impressive menu that changes with the seasons and with what's been harvested, presented in a way that is that is a work of art. Can't wait to see what casual looks like in Meyers Olde Dutch.
The goal is to be open by Saturday, April 29, 2017, the day Beacon Barks parades down the street on the West End of town. Take-out is slated to be available from a side-door location down the ally of the building. If the side-door take-out is a new perk of the burger joint experience at the location, just wait for what else Brian has in store. Anyone who has had the grilled cheese or mac and cheese from Kitchen Sink knows that there is something spectacular about it. After years of culinary training and apprenticing, including a stint in Italy where he "developed a deeper appreciation for seasonal ingredients and regional cooking," Brian opened a mac and cheese food truck, CapMac, one of the first food trucks on the DC food truck scene, which he sold three years later before moving back to the Hudson Valley to literally and figuratively put down roots.