SUNY Delhi’s new off-campus, student-run restaurant will welcome its first guests at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 17.

Bluestone will replace the previous student-run restaurant on campus, Signatures. People from surrounding areas, like downtown Delhi, may have been hesitant to visit a college campus restaurant because of parking availability, among other things, said David Brower, dean of the School of Business and Hospitality Management. Located at 85 Scotch Mountain Road in Delhi, Bluestone will be more accessible for people who aren’t part of the campus community, he said.

“Its a beautiful location. It’s quintessential Catskills, rolling hills,” Brower said. “It’s a serene location and it’s kind of ideal for a restaurant like this.”

The new restaurant differs from Signatures in that the menu is à la carte, meaning menu items are priced separately as opposed to a fixed menu. This type of menu is more consistent with what students would see in the restaurant industry, Brower said.

The food is a mixture of pub classics and seasonal student chef-inspired features, he said. There are chicken, pasta, beef and fish catch-of-the-day options for dinner. Last week at the restaurant’s soft opening, the catch of the day was salmon with a shrimp puree, accompanied by a citrus salad, said SUNY Delhi culinary major Lauren O’Leary, who is part of Bluestone’s inaugural crew.

“It spans the gap so it’s a little bit more casual to a certain degree,” Brower said. “But it also allows our culinary students to inspire the dishes they create, especially those seasonal features.”

Students in hospitality and culinary majors will rotate through positions in the restaurant as part of a capstone course, taking care of serving customers and working in the kitchen.

O’Leary said her goal when she graduates is to open up her own restaurant. She said the group gets along well and overcame challenges together, including not having a point-of-sale system until a few days before the restaurant’s opening.

“It was very exciting because we were not only students learning how to work in a restaurant, but students learning how to open a brand new business and dealing with the ups and downs,” O’Leary said.

O’Leary said all the tips go toward hospitality scholarships. Bluestone is open Tuesdays and Thursdays for lunch from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Brower said. It is open Thursday to Saturday for dinner from 5 to 9 p.m., he said, and a Sunday brunch will be added this fall. Keep an eye on the Bluestone’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/delhibluestone/ for updates and menus.

Shweta Karikehalli, staff writer, can be reached at skarikehalli@thedailystar.com or 607-441-7221. Follow her @DS_ShwetaK on Twitter.

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