Commentary: Livin' in Liverpool May 19

Musicians now cooking at Mother's Restaurant

The village business district is constantly re-inventing itself.

Mother's Restaurant, long the pride of owner Terri Root -- famous for her homemade pies -- is now owned by Scott Schimpff, a prominent local rock musician.

And Scott's head chef is his bandleader, internationally known electric guitarist Tim Harrington. Both musicians hail from East Syracuse.

The eatery at 201 First St. -- now known as Mother's Homestyle Restaurant -- still serves Italian specialties, a French dish or two, steak and seafood.

"We're keeping it simple," Harrington said. "We're using all fresh ingredients and doing a lot of the cooking on the fly. So far, people are responding well to it."

Harrington predicted the restaurant will undergo "a facelift and a menu-lift" over the next few months.

Rumors continue to circulate that Syracuse's Limp Lizard Lounge would open its third area barbecue joint at Mother's location, but Schimpff and Harrington's tastes run more toward alfredo sauce than barbecue sauce.

The multi-talented Schimpff plays electric bass for Creepjoint, a progressive art-rock combo featuring Harrington's otherworldly guitar work. Last fall, the band released its second CD, good cookie a.k.a "Thick & Chewy."

For Mother's reservations, call 451-9774.

Plate up for sale

The many-named restaurant at 105 First St. has closed. Most recently known as Plate, the two-story eatery is now up for sale.

Best known as the former site of Foster's, Tutor's, Three Saints and Aureli's, over the past half-decade or so the place has been owned and operated by Deborah Voss who first called it Sertino's Caf (c), later identified it as the Bar at 105 and finally named it Plate.

After toiling over bagels, banquets, burgers and Italian cuisine in its various incarnations and after twice repairing the roof, Voss decided the restaurant business isn't for her.

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