Local food and local farms are the focus at Sloan’s N.Y. Grill, a new restaurant located in Oneonta’s West End.
Sloan’s opened July 1 in the 337 Chestnut St. location formerly occupied by the Ponderosa Steakhouse.
“It’s been very busy,” said owner Chris Sloan, “We’ve unfortunately had to turn people away every day that we’ve been open.”
Sloan’s features a traditional steakhouse menu, with a special attention paid to local meats and produce.
Sloan came up with the idea for Sloan’s with the restaurant’s head chef, Andrew Decker.
“This was a concept that Andrew and I had discussed a long time ago,” said Sloan. “We think that the consumer has a want to know where their food comes from.”
One of the motivators for Chris Sloan is being able to help out local farmers.
“If we can do our part to ... sustain them, everybody wins,” said Sloan. “By people supporting us, they support them as well.”
All pork and beef, with the exception of the pork and beef that goes into the smoker, is locally sourced and the animals are processed at Larry’s Custom Meats in Hartwick.
Most of this beef comes from the Fingerlakes region, but Sloan said that the restaurant recently purchased a steer from Jean’s Acres farm in Wells Bridge. He hopes to get more beef from the surrounding area in the future.
Chris Sloan said that Sloan’s gets produce from Heller’s Farm in Bainbridge, and that 40 percent of the restaurant’s produce comes from a local source. He expects to increase this number to 75 percent by August.
Sloan’s also features New York beers and wines. Sloan has not yet found a local source for poultry, but is interested in one.
“Everything is made from scratch,” said Sloan. “We make our own sauerkraut, we cut our own french fries, our own onion rings, make our own salad dressings.”