Homegrown Bistro opening at former home of Two Sisters Café
By Tim Fenster
January 8, 2016
It all started with a lunch at a local café.
Kathryn Gordon, a Lackawanna native who spent nearly a decade working at country clubs near Washington DC, had just recently returned to the area, and was having lunch with a friend and her parents at Two Sisters Café when the owner, Diane Smith, mentioned to her that she was selling the long-running Orchard Park restaurant.
Gordon saw an opportunity to fulfill her lifelong dream of owning her very own restaurant, and she seized it.
Now, Gordon is in the home stretch of opening Homegrown Bistro, an American restaurant that will occupy the space that formerly held Two Sisters, which closed Dec. 29.
“Everything just seemed to happen, and it’s all happening very quickly,” Gordon said.
A graduate of Mount Mercy Academy, Gordon took an interest in hospitality and the culinary arts at a young age. She enrolled in Niagara University’s College of Hospitality and Tourism Management, majoring in Hotel and Restaurant Management.
Upon graduation in 2006, she moved to Chevy Chase, Md., just outside of Washington DC, and landed a job at the Chevy Chase Club. She worked for six years at the bustling club.
“It was just the place to be at the time,” she said.
She then moved on to the Bethesda Country Club in the neighboring north-of-DC suburb Bethesda, Md., and from there landed a job with Ridgewells Catering. There she catered for the US Open Championship for three years straight, from 2013 through 2015.
Then, last July, the expatriate of nearly a decade decided it was time to return to Western New York.
“It was a personal decision. I wanted to move home after nine years,” she said.
Upon returning home, she found work at The Saturn Club on Delaware Avenue in Buffalo.
After working there a few months, Gordon decided to take over the former Two Sisters Café, which has been open in the Village of Orchard Park since 1999.
Gordon says she plans to retain Two Sisters’ focus on breakfast and lunch – she plans to close around 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and Saturday and Sunday will be open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Her intentions, for the restaurant, are admittedly pretty simple. She plans to serve sandwiches, paninis, sliders and at some time in the future, crepes.
She helped develop the menu with guidance form Joachim Buchner, a master chef who works at the Buffalo Club and whom Gordon met while working at the Chevy Chase Club.
In addition to the usual bistro fare – which includes pork belly and chipotle chicken paninis – Gordon plans to offer numerous vegetarian and gluten-free options.
Having celiac disease (gluten intolerance) herself, Gordon knows the difficulty of finding dining options that won’t cause her significant discomfort. She hopes to see gluten-free slider buns, panini bread and rolls from Brian’s Best Gluten Free Baked Goods in Williamsville, which she is a particular fan of.
“Actually they are the best I have ever had,” Gordon said. “They taste real.”
Originally planning to open in early January, Gordon is now hoping to have the restaurant open by next weekend at the earliest.
For her, the day it opens will be a dream come true – much sooner than she would have ever imagined.
“It was always a dream, but one of those far-fetched, maybe it will happen in my 50s (dreams),” she said. “It’s nice to (work) for yourself.”
Homegrown Bistro is located at 4211 North Buffalo Road, Orchard Park. Menu, hours of operation and opening date are forthcoming. For the latest, visit http://www.homegrownop.com or search for Homegrown Bistro on Facebook.
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