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Posted: Thursday, September 5, 2013 12:00 am

COXSACKIE – Got a hankering for some pizza or perhaps meatloaf? Or maybe your tastes run to the more exotic, like bison or duck.

Whatever your taste buds are seeking, you can find it at the Downtown Bistro, which opened its doors at 5-7 Reed Street in downtown Coxsackie last week.

The Taccetta family, including father Sal and son Francesco, also own Bella Cucina, a deli in Athens, and formerly owned Dionysis restaurant, on the riverside in Athens, which closed down earlier this year.

When the Taccettas learned of the space available in neighboring Coxsackie, they knew a good thing when they saw it.

“This became available and there were no other spots in Athens where I could jump into,” Sal Taccetta said. “This spot was half done as a restaurant, so it was easy to finish the job, and Coxsackie is really starting to develop.”

Taccetta said he is working with other business owners in downtown Coxsackie and collectively they hope to make the Reed Street area a local hot spot.

“I want Coxsackie to be a destination with my restaurant, the Storm King, the Seventh Stone, several realtors and a beautiful guest house around the corner,” Taccetta said. “We have the river, and there is real opportunity here for growth.”

Taccetta’s latest venture is an American bistro, offering basics like pizza and pasta to more exotic items, like bison burgers, all at a reasonable price.

Local officials and business leaders were on hand last week to cut the ribbon on the new eatery, and afterward, wait staff circulated offering mini quiche, stuffed mushrooms, and other tasty appetizers for visitors to sample.

“I am thrilled to have them here,” Town Councilman Rick Hanse said. “I love bistro food and this looks great. It’s nice to see another door opening in downtown Coxsackie.”

The building where the Downtown Bistro is now located has been home to a variety of shops through the years, with some long-time residents recalling back when it was a dry cleaners decades ago. It later went through various other iterations, including an appliance store, a clothing shop and most recently, for a brief time, a sandwich shop.

Elected officials said they were glad to see a new venture opening up.

“This is very good for the community,” Village Trustee Dianne Ringwald said. “We are developing Reed Street and the community in downtown, which is good for everyone, not just the people who live here but for people who visit the town and are looking for a good meal. I wish them the very best.”

“We are here to support the people who supported us in Athens, and we wish them well,” said Greene County Legislator Gene Hatton (R-Athens). Innovation and a professional presentation are the hallmark of what the Taccettas do.”

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