At Olives Eatery, details are kept simple, the scenery quaint and the menu delicious.
After opening Cottage Designs three years ago, owner Deb Case fulfilled her original vision to expand and offer a European style caf (c) within the Baldwinsville business on July 15.
"It is a much smaller version of what I wanted to do originally, but with perseverance I found a way to make this dream a reality," Case said.
Seating up to 38 diners, Olive Eatery offers a unique luncheon menu with indoor and outdoor seating either on the wrap around porch or in the courtyard. The Baldwinsville Messenger caught up with Case recently to learn more about her new endeavor.
What challenges have you faced?
The challenges I have experienced with the start-up of this new endeavor have been space, and lack of it. I have revised our luncheon menu several times to make it user friendly for our staff.
What made you decide to open Olives Eatery?
I grew up in the restaurant industry, as my grandfather chef Mario owned two very special restaurants in Syracuse. The first was Lorenzo's on North Salina, which he purchased in 1959 and was perhaps one of the most successful supper clubs in its day. He hosted the late president John F. Kennedy, Sammy Davis Jr., Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra, Liberace and a who's who list that was quite spectacular.
The kitchen was enormous and I would sit upon a stainless steel table and watch all the various chefs prepare their specialties. From pastries to a wine cellar, it was most impressive as a young child and apparently I paid more attention than my grandfather would ever imagine.
He then opened Mario's Piccolo Bistro on James Street, which was just as successful serving the finest Italian cuisine Syracuse could offer.