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October 25, 2012

Area native has plans for ex-Ponderosa site

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Prime 289 on Main Street downtown and Jay’s Steak and Seafood House on Chestnut Street in the town of Oneonta are among existing restaurants featuring menus with beef. A Google search for steakhouses in Oneonta also lists The Depot Restaurant and Tavern at 4½ Railroad Ave. and Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill at Southside Mall.

Sloan said his restaurant will be distinguished from others because it will feature New York raised meat free of growth hormone, he said, and the meat will be cut at the restaurant — not prepackaged and shipped to the restaurant.

Sloanie’s will offer reasonable prices, with lunches costing $8 or $9 and dinners at $15, Sloan said, and customers are expected to be local professionals, senior citizens, members of the college community and residents from the area.

“There will be something for everyone,” he said. “I think we can fill a niche.’’

Oneonta Mayor Dick Miller said the local market will determine whether Oneonta can support another steakhouse. Sloanie’s is in a good location, Miller said, and the proposed retail side of the operation is a “terrific idea.’’

Sloan recently had been a co-owner of The Depot, an Oneonta restaurant known for its pizza, among other dishes. Sloan said he was general manager of the local Ponderosa from about 2000 to 2006, and he previously was a bartender for about 10 years at Elks Club.

Sloan, born in Oneonta in 1968, graduated from Oneonta High School in 1986. He studied business at the State University College at Oswego and now lives on Southside in the town of Oneonta.

Sloan said he has tapped Andrew Decker to be a chef at the restaurant. Employment projections are four to six full-timers and 18 part-timers, working in the kitchen, as wait staff and at other jobs.

Sloan said he left The Depot in November and had been looking for a restaurant with “location and parking.’’ The Chestnut Street property has about 90 parking spaces, he said, and the location is a “perfect spot.’’ Southside Oneonta has been growing economically, he said, and the West End also will develop.

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