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December 07, 2016
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Years of food and conviviality: A Main Street location through the decades

TRR file photo Two incarnations previous to the Heron, 40 Main was Dave’s Big Eddy. Chef Dave Cole is pictured here with customers.

They leased the space out, and when they returned, the space was leased to Dave and Sue Cole. Dave, who had trained in Soho, had worked as a chef at the Beach Lake Hotel, the Narrowsburg Inn and The Settler’s Inn in Hawley, PA. The space became Dave’s Big Eddy Café.

Ultimately there was a dispute over the days of operation. Eurey and Harper wanted the restaurant to be open seven days a week, while the Coles did not want to commit to more than five days, closing on Monday and Tuesday.

In 2005, after the lease expired, Dave relocated to Matthews on Main in Callicoon, and Harper took over as executive chef and changed the name to the Main Street Café.

Harper ran the restaurant for some five years and then sold it to Caroline Burgess, who closed it on August 28, 2011.

Upon closing, Burgess posted a note on the Main Street Café’s website which read, “I want to thank everyone for their support over the last few years and for letting me be a part of your lives. I have really cherished the many friendships formed and being part of a very special community.”

With the space newly transformed, The Heron, which was opened on January 14 by Paul Nanni and Marla Puccetti, will no doubt continue the tradition of being a special part of the community, with coviviality and a farm to table menu.