WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll have one more choice for waterfront dining this summer. <a href=”http://www.redhatbistro.com/” target=”_blank”> The Red Hat in Irvington </a> is moving to a new location Ã¢â‚¬â€ and itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s right on the Hudson.
Owner Jim Parker, who emailed me these photos, says he got an opportunity he couldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t pass up Ã¢â‚¬â€ a building with river views became available just down the hill and over the train tarcks in the old factory by the river.
HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll be offering outdoor dining 20 feet from the waterÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s edge Ã¢â‚¬â€ and every seat in the restaurant will have a water view, including the roof. Here’s the view from the roof:
The room is going to be grand. It has 22 foot ceilings Ã¢â‚¬â€ and a wall of windows that reaches all the way to the top, so even the mezzanine level has a view of the water.
Jimmy says Ã¢â‚¬Å“You feel like youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re on a ship.Ã¢â‚¬?
HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s keeping his same chef Ã¢â‚¬â€ Jennifer Aristy Ã¢â‚¬â€ but he will likely bring someone else in to keep up with the pace.
And people are already asking him to book the space for weddings and bar mitzvahs.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m like Ã¢â‚¬â€ let me break ground first!Ã¢â‚¬? he laughs.
One concern IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m sure you share with me is, How does he plan to translate the cozy vibe of the Red Hat? ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a neighborhood bistro for Irvington residents, which is great for the weeknights, but upscale enough to attract people from all over on the weeends.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I think itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s important that we stay who we are, and the obvious challenge is to keep it cozy, becasue thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s what everybody loves about this place.Ã¢â‚¬?
He didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t say exactly how he was planning on doing it, but he did say it was a top priority.
WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll wait to see when heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll actually open. He thinks itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll take a miracle to to open the doors by July 4th, but heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s saying Labor Day for sure.
And the name? HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s keeping the Red Hat Ã¢â‚¬â€
<br>Ã¢â‚¬â€ named for a painting he came across while decorating the original restaurant. But he might add a little something to it.
How does Red Hat on the River grab you?