CATTARAUGUS — Nick and Ashley Rhinehart formally took possession of the common Jenny Lee Feed Mill on Aug. 1 when it was up and managing — prepared to go.
The change of arms was a smooth changeover involving the Rhineharts and previous house owners, Paul and Linda Macakanja, who resolved to retire. In accordance to Ashley, the Macakanjas shut the restaurant July 30 but the retail store was nonetheless open on the 31st. On Aug. 1, the Rhineharts opened the store aspect for a several brief several hours just to get their ft moist.
The Macakanjas were in the diner and food organization for 16 several years, working yet another Jenny Lee in South Dayton. For almost 14 yrs, they owned and operated The Jenny Lee State Keep & Diner in Cattaraugus, then opened The Jenny Lee Feed Mill in August 2019. As a tribute to all the previous, hardworking millworkers and manufacturing facility staff, they designed a feed mill-themed cafe reminiscent of times absent by.
Nick claimed the Macakanjas required another person community and with working experience to obtain the area. He went to faculty with their young children and has been excellent buddies with the spouse and children for a very long time. Because of their culinary schooling and cafe encounter, and Cattaraugus is his property, he and Ashley made a decision to get The Jenny Lee.
They each acquired restaurant experience as younger young children. Nick started off cooking with his grandmother when he was 9 or 10 several years previous. At 14, he began functioning at Victory Gardens, a bar and restaurant in Cattaraugus.
Ashley, from Salamanca, grew up in the enterprise simply because her father owned the bar and restaurant Terry’s River See, in Allegany, now identified as Randy’s Up the River. She explained he also experienced the Beer Hut and the Oxbow in Salamanca. At 15, she commenced working at Eddy’s Cafe in Great Valley.
When in substantial school, they attended the Occupation Tech Center in Ellicottville for two many years where by they fulfilled in culinary arts class. Nick excelled placing initial in the New York Condition SkillsUSA level of competition in his junior year.
After getting their Culinary Arts degrees from the Louisiana Culinary Institute in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, they moved residence. Nick labored at the Dudley Lodge in advance of getting a work at the Seneca Allegany Vacation resort & Casino. Right after that, he was head chef at the Public Dwelling in Ellicottville for a whilst. Then he opened The Legacy restaurant in Springville.
“We experienced normally saved our eyes and ears open up for this location (The Jenny Lee) and it just took place,” Ashley claimed. “Nick and Paul have been generally building jokes to every other about Nick getting this place, but then Paul and Linda resolved that they’d been in the organization prolonged ample.”
The Rhineharts explained they are keeping The Jenny Lee Feed Mill name, and the location will continue to be a feed mill-themed cafe. As their slogan suggests, “The Jenny Lee Feed Mill will continue on to be a fantastic location to meet and eat.”
The restaurateurs explained the well-known pub-kind menu is keeping the exact same for now, but they at some point prepare to incorporate some entrées like steaks. Other upcoming programs include things like growing the restaurant with an out of doors dining spot. Nick claimed he’d like it to have a distillery-theme to go alongside with the feed mill décor.
“When I assume of a feed mill, I think of the outdated-timers making moonshine from the grain in the mill, so I’d like to have a Moonshine-type of issue outside,” he said.
With two little boys to are inclined to, one particular 6 and just one 10 months previous, the Rhineharts have a fast paced everyday living. Nick said now that they are functioning nearer to household, they will have far more time off to expend with the little ones.
Ashley said they have a lot of family members assist so assist is out there, if wanted. Nick’s father does some servicing for them and her dad, with his restaurant practical experience, presents them strategies and ideas. Nick’s mother will most very likely appear in and enhance on event, and the two of his brothers are experienced servers.
Breakfast is at the moment out there at the store Saturdays and Sundays starting up at 10 a.m. Beginning Sept. 13, they prepare to have the store-aspect open Mondays, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. The shop will be open seven times a week and will finally supply breakfast every morning.
The Jenny Lee Feed Mill is situated at 19 North Main St. Organization hrs for the store are at the moment Tuesday by means of Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. The restaurant is open up Tuesday as a result of Friday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday, 3 to 9 p.m. For a lot more data, call (716) 257-3333 or e-mail [email protected]