Kingston’s new venture, Yarn Farm, combines knitting and wine

Kingston continues to grow, welcoming new businesses left and right. This month, the city welcomed two new restaurants and bars to the area: Edgewood Restaurant and Bar in Hutton Brickyards and Yarn Farm Kingston on West Strand Street.

Edgewood Restaurant and Bar

Hutton Brickyards is not just a boutique hotel, spa and event venue. The property, located along the shore of the Hudson River, also features two restaurants, the River Pavilion and the recently opened Edgewood Restaurant and Bar.

The new restaurant, located in the recently opened Edgewood building, offers a menu intended to celebrate local flavors – produce, as well as meat and fish sourced from area farms – with a pub twist and will change seasonally.

The current menu is full of appetizers to share, including grilled kale and artichoke dip served with sourdough crisps, as well as deviled eggs or a Gruyère, fontina and Pecorino Romano fondue.

Some of the fall offerings from Edgewood Restaurant and Bar at Hutton Brickyards in Kingston.

In terms of soups, salads and entrees, customers will find comforting dishes such as onion soup or harvest salad, served with apples, candied pecans and cranberries, as well as braised beef ribs or the restaurant’s chicken breast , served with a fall succotash and bourbon and apple cider jus.

The restaurant is open Thursday to Sunday from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The bar will also open at 5 p.m. but will remain open until 11 p.m.

Go: Hutton Brickyards, 200 North St., Kingston; 845-444-5231; huttonbrickyards.com/edgewood-restaurant-bar.

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The interior of The Yarn Farm Kingston.

The Kingston Wool Farm

Yarn Farm owner Jocelyn Songco took inspiration from a yarn store and wine bar in Brooklyn she used to visit and expanded it to create a new gathering place in the Rondout neighborhood of Kingston.

“About 15 years ago, I started coming to the Sheep and Wool Festival every October and it was literally the happiest time of the year for me,” Songco said. “In 2019 I came to visit a girlfriend in Bloomington and realized that (being in the Hudson Valley) was something I really wanted. I thought I didn’t just have to enjoy of the Hudson Valley in October.”

After finding a weekend home in 2019 and spending his time halfway between New York and the middle of the Hudson Valley, Songco had the opportunity to quit his job and start something new. Which led her to find a space and create the Yarn Farm Kingston.

The yarn shop and wine bar held their soft opening on October 13, with only the yarn shop open to begin with. The shop offers classes in knitting, crocheting and more with beginner knitting classes at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturdays.

Some of the crafting materials for sale at The Yarn Farm Kingston.

The wine bar part is not open yet; Songco plans to open around late November or early December. But when he does, he will be offering a variety of locally sourced wines, craft beers and ciders to yarn shop customers, people taking a course, or anyone who loves wine and craft beers. . The menu will also include coffee and a selection of loose leaf teas, as well as a charcuterie platter and other light bites like empanadas and cheeses.

“There are quite a few good restaurants in the Rondout,” Songco said. “Have a drink at the wine bar, continue your evening and dine at one of our nearby restaurants.”

In developing the courses, Songco said the Yarn Farm will host industry professionals from the Culinary Institute of America as well as wine industry experts to talk about the region’s craft beverage scenes.

On November 16, the Yarn Farm was hosting one of its weekly “Wednesday Knitting Nights” where artisans can bring their projects from home and work with other creatives.

“I wanted to emphasize community,” Songco said. “People can come and sit alone or with friends and bring a project they’re working on. The wine bar is also meant to attract people who don’t knit or crochet, but are curious to express themselves in creative way or being in that environment. Then notice that there are people sharing the space doing something creative. It creates a beautiful energy, even if you personally don’t do anything creative and you you just relax at the end of the day.”

Craft supplies, wine and craft beer selections are mostly locally sourced or New York sourced, which Songco wanted to emphasize when it opened the Yarn Farm, adding that the only non-local products should bring something especially special to shop.

While waiting for the opening of the wine bar, the Yarn Farm Kingston is open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. then from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. from Wednesday to Sunday and closed on Monday and Tuesday. Watch their website for the opening date of the wine bar.

“The Rondout is more of a vibrant neighborhood than ever, so we can’t wait to see people in the shop and at the wine bar,” Songco said.

Go: 21 West Strand Street, Kingston; 845-514-2693; filfarmkingston.com.

Heather Clark covers Mid Hudson Valley cuisine and restaurants for the Poughkeepsie Journal and the Middletown Times Herald-Record. Contact her at hclark@gannett.com.