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Upstate Bar & Grill

Community Embraces New Upstate Restaurant

Community Embraces

New Upstate Bar, Grill

Joe Vezza’s new Upstate Bar & Grill, on Route 28 on Cooperstown’s south end, was even more packed than usual Saturday evening, as – with the summer season over – the new establishment hosted a community open house.  Hundreds watched a variety of football games and savored a buffet with samples of appetizers and entrees – from ribs to a whole pig – from the newly released menu. Inset photo,  bartenders Sam Borgstrom, Jennifer Putnam and Maria Senk serve from 26 taps of local, state, national and even a few international beers.  In addition to regular offerings, Upstate is offering banquet space for private parties.  (Tara Barnwell/

Work Nears Completion At Upstate Bar & Grill

Work Nears Completion

At Upstate Bar & Grill

Upstate Bar & Grill maitre d’ Art Bodin, top, points out the two dozen beer taps that will offer local and regional craft brews, imports Guinness and Stella Artois, as well as key national brands when the new 225-seat establishment at Cooperstown’s Southern Gateway opens sometime later this month. As restaurateur Joe Vezza, in right photo, reviews plans with contractor Tim Winslow, renovations that expanded and transformed the former Peppermill Restaurant, going on for months, are nearing completion. With the taps as the centerpiece of the sports bar, the restaurant will focus on American cuisine, with a menu that includes prime rib and entrees from land and sea. More to come as opening day nears. (Jim Kevlin/
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