The Tailor and the Cook to expand in Utica


UTICA — Tim Hardiman, owner and executive chef, Chris Talgo, co-owner, of The Tailor and the Cook, along with Robert Esche, CEO of Mohawk Valley Garden, have been working over the last few months on a new partnership, centered around the expansion and relocation, of the popular farm-to-table restaurant.

The restaurant will remain open and operate as normal at its current location at 94 Genesee St. until late fall 2022.

The new partnership will then relocate The Tailor and the Cook to 311 Main St. — the former site of the Utica Children’s Museum — as part of an extensive rehabilitation project which will also include multiple luxury loft apartments.

The new location, at the heart of Bagg’s Square and downtown Utica, will support the rebirth and continued growth of a truly historic neighborhood, the partnership said in an announcement.

“I am so excited for our new home at 311 Main,” Hardiman said. “I want to be sure that everyone knows that while the restaurant is growing in size and stature, The Tailor and the Cook brand will continue to shine through.”

“We couldn’t be more thrilled to partner with a group of such talented people who all genuinely care about our community and its development,” said Esche.

“This is an expansion and rehabilitation project that we are all extremely passionate about and look forward to that sentiment being reflected in the design and details
at The Tailor and the Cook and 311 Main St.”

“This partnership is such an amazing opportunity for us,” Talgo said. “We finally have the space and more importantly, the resources to implement so many of the ideas that were impossible before. We are excited, the staff is excited, and I hope the community will be as well.”

Originally opened in February 2012, The Tailor and the Cook developed a reputation for excellence throughout the Mohawk Valley and beyond, the announcement said, adding its innovative cuisine, coupled with its creativity, ingenuity, and attention to detail, quickly put them on the map far beyond Oneida County and helped it become named as one of the Top 100 Restaurants in America and the Top 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in America by OpenTable.

The future of The Tailor and the Cook will continue to focus on an unparalleled guest experience within a uniquely inviting atmosphere, the announcement said, adding “There simply is no better home for The Tailor and the Cook than at 311 Main, where an established and renowned brand can shine within the historic walls of one of Utica’s main crown jewels.”

“An intimate and rustic ambiance will carry through both the bar and dining areas, with many design elements and
historic additions from the original location carrying over to 311 Main St.,” the announcement continued. 

The Tailor and the Cook has built its foundation on supporting local farmers and producers, and this will remain the cornerstone of the business, officials said.

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