I recently found out about a few changes are coming to the pubs along Mamaroneck Avenue in White Plains. I’ve put in a few calls and am waiting to hear back, but here’s what I know so far:
Black Bear is taking over the former James Joyce space next door. Whether it will be an expansion or a new concept, I don’t yet know.
Porter House is taking over empty space next door. Porter House manager Attracta Smith says it will be a completely different restaurant, but she doesn’t know exactly what that will be yet.
Brazen Fox has opened Ron Black’s next door and food will start in a month or so. Last time we reported on the opening (in the fall restaurant preview), owner Declan Rainsford said Ron Black’s would be a modern bar and restaurant: not fine dining, but not an Irish pub serving bar food, either. “A happy medium,” he said. That means food such as wraps and fish tacos served in a sophisticated, turn-of-the-last-century, saloon-style setting. There will be brown leather banquettes, big reclaimed doors and a large window overlooking a back patio with a pergola. A gas fireplace and antique sconces will complete the look. 181 Mamaroneck Ave., White Plains. 914-358-5811.
Butterfield 8 from NYC is coming to White Plains. I don’t know the location yet.
I’m working on a story for the paper, so any other tips are greatly appreciated!