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Bomber’s Burrito Bar

Bombers Burrito Bar Shuts Downtown Doors

Could Re-Open In February

Bombers Burrito Bar

Shuts Downtown Doors

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to

Bomber’s Burrito Bar On Main Street in Oneonta has closed after less than six months. (Ian Austin/

ONEONTA – Bombers Burrito Bar has “permanently closed” less than six months after opening, according to the restaurant’s Facebook page.

No reason was given for the closure, and owner John Hewitt declined to comment. However, Mayor Gary Herzig said that he received an email from Hewitt, stating that his goal was to re-open in February.

“He said his cash flow was slow and that he needed to close in order to re-strategize,” he said. “His goal is to re-open in February, and my hope is that he can meet that goal.”

On Dec. 10, they hosted the Otsego County Chamber’s “Business After Hours” event, attended by Assemblyman John Salka, R-Brookfield, and his challenger, Dan Buttermann, Oneonta, as well as salsa dancing and trivia nights as recently as last week.

Assemblyman, Challenger Bond Over Burritos

Assemblyman, Challenger

Bond Over Bomber’s Burritos

Freshman assembly member John Salka, R-Brookfield, and his challenger, Dan Buttermann, met this evening at Bomber’s Burrito Bar in Oneonta as part of the periodic Business After Hours, sponsored by the Otsego County Chamber of Commerce. With them are owner Jim Hewitt, left and his son, Charles Hewitt, the restaurant’s general manager. (Photo by Barbara Ann Heegan)
Indian Food Back In Oneonta; Plus, Bomber’s Burrito Bar


Indian Food Back In Oneonta;

Plus, Bomber’s Burrito Bar

Indian food has finally returned to Oneonta for the first time in nearly 20 years and I cannot be more excited.

The thing I love about Indian food is that when you smell it, it’s like a warm hug. When I walk past Noor Indian Restaurant in Oneonta, you can smell the curry in the air wafting out from the kitchen, beckoning you to come in. Recently opened, Noor is the first Indian eatery in nearly 20 years, and it is a most welcome addition to Oneonta’s expanding Main St.

Reasonably priced, it offers lamb, goat, shrimp, chicken and vegetarian offerings, piping hot, or cold the next morning. And don’t worry, they have a food license. This is one of the first things I look for when I visit new restaurants. New to Indian cuisine and a little intimidated by all the fancy names? Stop in for the lunch buffet for a fine sampling of their offerings sure to fill you up!

At dinner, beginners can try the butter chicken; it’s creamy tomato based sauce it a great entry point for beginners. Veterans can opt for more spicy options: chicken vindaloo with as hot at you like it. And don’t forget the butter or garlic naan, a perfect complement to any dinner to make sure no sauce is wasted. (Noor Indian Restaurant, 281 Main St. Oneonta)

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Imagine tacos so good you’d drive over an hour for them. That was always the case with Albany’s
legendary Bomber’s Burrito Bar – but now, all I have to do is walk down Main Street! The menu is simple – tacos, burritos, bowls and quesadillas – but that doesn’t mean the food isn’t delicious and plentiful.

You won’t be hungry for days if you try one of their loaded burritos, and a plate of tacos allows you to try a few different fillings – I always get the Tex Mex beef and the BBQ pulled pork.

And bring friends – the booths are wide enough to seat plenty, so no sense keeping it all to yourself! (Bomber’s Burrito Bar, 221 Main St, Oneonta)

Managing Editor

At Long Last, Bomber’s Burrito Bar Opens Its Doors!

Bomber’s Burrito Bar

Opens For Business!

With much anticipation, Bomber’s Burrito Bar on Main Street in Oneonta celebrated a soft opening this afternoon with a ribbon cutting. According to a sign on the door, the local branch of the Albany-based franchise will be open for business tomorrow, “pinky swear.” From left: Alan Sessions, CDO Workforce, Council member Dave Rissberger, third ward, Deb Marcus, president, Family Planning of South Central NY, Barbara Ann Heegan, President, Otsego County Chamber of Commerce, Charlie Hewitt, manager, owner John Hewitt, Jim Hewitt, manager, Mayor Gary Herzig and Jimmy Vann, owner of the Bomber’s franchise. (Ian Austin/
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