The "Red Hat" Moves On

Jimmy Parker’s "Red Hat" Bistro has moved from 63 Main Street in Irvington to One Bridge Street, sitting directly on the banks of the Hudson River just behind the Irvington Train station.

imagesTheir press release indicates that proprietors Parker and Mary Beth Dooley had not been considering such a move until they were told that the turn of the century factory site was available. "When we saw the spectacular river views of the Bridge Street location, we knew we had to take advantage of the opportunity," says Dooley.

Taking advantage of opportunities first brought Parker and Dooley to the Irvington restaurant scene 4 1/2 years ago after a long career in the television commercial production industry in New York City. Parker had always thought that eventually he would like to be in the restaurant business and when the Main St. location became available, he made the move to develop a French style Bistro restaurant. Parker and Dooley built the Main Street location into a hit. They now expect that the newly renovated river location will be a similarly popular culinary spot utilizing nearly three times the space available at the original restaurant. Outdoor dining on the patio will be available in good weather and a rooftop cocktail lounge is planned for the Spring.

Parker says he’s already had requests for several large parties and weddings. Bruce Beatty, a chef who honed his French culinary skills in France and later worked at La Madeleine and the Gotham Bar and Grill in Manhattan, has joined the "Red Hat" as Executive Chef. Signature dishes include Moules Frites, spice crusted duck breast, warm wild mushroom and a selection of freshly prepared fish. On the entertainment side, Saxophonist Carmen Leggio has begun the Fall/Winter season with his Wednesday night jazz from 6pm to 10pm. Lunch is served Monday through Friday 12pm to 3pm. Dinner hours are Monday through Thursday 5pm to 10pm, Friday and Saturday 5pm to 11pm, and Sunday 5pm to 9pm. Reservations are recommended at (914) 591-5888.

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