Umami Cafe Owners to Open French Bistro in Croton

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Craig Purdy stands in the building at 118-120 Grand St., Croton-on-Hudson, that is being renovated to house his third restaurant, Brasserie Grand. Photo Credit: Jessica Glenza
From left, Jon Pratt, Craig Purdy and Adam West stand in the Croton-on-Hudson building where the French bistro Brasserie Grand is expected to open in two months. Photo Credit: Jessica Glenza

CROTON-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. – A new French bistro-style restaurant will open in Croton's upper village. The owners say Brasserie Grand is set to open on Grand Street in two months.

"Umami covers the kid-friendly side of the market," said co-owner Craig Purdy, "This is going to be a little more of a date night." Purdy and Jon Pratt, the pair who opened Umami Café and Peter Pratt's Inn, said the menu will have a Moroccan flare and will use pizza ovens to cook tagines.

Tagines are traditional clay braising dishes used in Moroccan cooking. The dishes are shaped like pie pans with cone-shaped lids. Chefs usually cook a meat and grain together, and the flavor ranges from sweet to savory.

"All the moisture rises inside of that dome and rains back into it," Pratt said.

Renovations just began at the location, 118-120 Grand St. The former Bella Paula location has been reinvented many times, building owner Richard Capellazzi said. He said the location previously has housed a bakery, a pipe and smoke shop, an antique store, a candy store, and a traditional milkshake shop. It continues to house several apartments above the retail space.

Purdy and Pratt hunted for a space for their restaurant before finding the location on Grand Street. Peter Pratt's Inn has been preserving lemons for three months in anticipation of the opening.

Although parking is a perennial concern in the upper village, Purdy said he thinks the municipal lot behind the building will be able to accommodate customers.

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Congratulations Craig and Peter! Perfect spot for what will be a perfect restaurant. And not to worry about parking in the upper village. It's a scare tactic used by OpponentsofEverythingCroton! One may have to walk a half a block away (or even a block away) from the front door, but there will be parking galore. Even on Sundays when perhaps 3 or 4 hundred people attend churches in the upper village, one can always find a parking space. Walking is good for us! Good luck and I can't wait to try this new experience (for me at least!). Imagine .... tangines in downtown Croton!

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