Fifteen years ago, Matthews on Main was estabilished by Chef Matthew Lanes and his partner Dominique Jenkins. Located on the Main Street of the bustling Delaware River town of Callicoon, it feeds hungry locals, weekenders, and visitors throughout the seasons, seven days a week.
Though the building dates back to 1865, the current owners renovated it and brought it up to modern standards, doubling the kitchen size. New windows, furnace, electric, roof replacement, and foam insulation are among the major improvements made to the building. However, historic details and charm can still be seen throughout the space, including original tin ceilings in the bar. During high season, the restaurant seats up to 100 people, with 40 seats on the patio, 40 seats in the main dining room, and 20 seats in the bar.
Besides being a turn-key restaurant, several additional spaces make this property even more enticing. Upstairs from the restaurant, there’s additional dining space currently using for parties and private events that could easily be converted into a one-bedroom apartment. In the back of the building, a beautiful 800 square foot barn needs work, but could host private events, or be rented as retail. There’s endless opportunity in this turn-key property, with no scary surprises. Just show up and cook!
Turn-key restaurant & pub on Main Street | 3,000 square feet | Historic building with original charming details | New windows, furnace, electric, roof, and more | On-site barn | Second floor for additional dining space, office, or an apartment | Plentiful parking for staff & patrons | Asking $750,000
Listed by Deb Gorenflo of Timberland Properties. Email deb.gorenflo@
Chef Matthew Lanes and his partner Dominique Jenkins are NYC ex-pats themselves, relocating from NYC to the Delaware Valley in 2003. They’d owned a house Upstate since 1994, but bought the space and opened up Matthew’s in 2003. After fifteen years, they’ve decided to sell. “The restaurant business – especially the cooking part – is a young mans game. We aren’t young anymore. We have other interests we’d like to pursue.” He goes on, “It’s both a good time to buy, and a good time to sell in the area. We’ve always seen an interest from the city, but now there’s national interest in Callicoon as both a vacation destination, and a place to live.”
He’s right. Previously a sleepy river town, foot traffic is quite high in Callicoon these days, with an array of design and antique shops, several hotels, a historic movie theater, brewery, wine bar, and other cafes. Together, they create a healthy business community, giving tourists lots to ways to spend an afternoon. Callicoon is also home to the biggest and most popular market in the region, Callicoon Farmers Market, which runs year-round.
Matthews on Main’s location couldn’t be better situated for foot traffic in this regard; it sits right above Callicoon Creek park, where the popular market takes place. Its other neighbors are an antique shop, and it’s just steps away from Pecks, the major local grocery chain. A fifteen minute drive takes visitors to the villages of North Branch or Jeffersonville; thirty minutes to Livingston Manor or Roscoe. Other major destinations nearby include Bethel Center for the Arts (AKA the site of Woodstock), and the new Resorts World Catskills casino. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to become a part of this charming town on a major upswing!