By LIZ BUTTON
Choosing a punny name like Tuck’d Away Bar & Grill, patrons and residents can be sure the owner of Tuckahoe’s newest restaurant is excited to connect with the local community.
Tuck’d Away features a comfortable, lounge-type atmosphere with sofas and other seating. The bar and grill serves small plates and appetizers; burgers and salads as well as cocktails, wine and beer.
The restaurant “has a relaxed, comfortable feel to it,” owner Michael Cuozzo said.
On Monday, March 31, the Tuckahoe Chamber of Commerce sponsored a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the bar and restaurant’s grand opening and welcome Cuozzo and his staff to the village’s business community.
Cuozzo, 28, has been in the restaurant business for the past decade, working his way up from busboy and waiter to manager.
“[Starting my own restaurant] is something I always wanted to do,” he said.
Once he came across the Tuckahoe space at 90 Yonkers Ave., he knew he had found the right opportunity to start a business of his own.
The space’s previous tenant, Asian restaurant Aries Thai, left because customers were discouraged by the ongoing portion of closed road during the village’s restoration of Yonkers Avenue, which had been going on since the summer of 2012.
“The street closed, so it really didn’t help them,” Cuozzo said.
When the street finally reopened in January 2013, Cuozzo recognized he had found his chance.
With the roadway now passable once again, guests can park on the street in metered spaces or take advantage of parking in the nearby municipal main lot, which is metered until 7 p.m, and is located about a minute’s walk from the restaurant.
Cuozzo said he absolutely loves the Village of Tuckahoe, which is why the name of his bar and grill is a play on the village’s name. Cuozzo grew up in nearby Yonkers, he said.
Tuck’d Away’s soft opening took place on Feb. 21, but Cuozzo said he decided not to do much advertising because he wanted to wait for word-of-mouth about the place to spread.
Apparently it has spread enough so that, on March 18, the evening of the village’s election, the Tuckahoe Democrats used the space as their headquarters to watch the results come in.
Trustee Stephen Quigley was re-elected to the Board of Trustees that night, maintaining the lone Democratic seat on the five-member board.
At Monday’s ribbon-cutting, Mayor Steve Ecklond, a Republican, and members of the Board of Trustees and the Chamber of Commerce were in attendance. Miriam Janusz, the chamber’s executive director, called the food “absolutely delicious.”
The restaurant and bar, which is 2,500 square-feet with a seating capacity of 50, has a menu of casual yet creative fare like a fried mozzarella wedge, buffalo wings with assorted sauces, fried pickles and macaroni and cheese as well as healthier choices like Asian mixed salad, turkey chili and a chickpea burger.
Ecklond could not be reached for comment as of press time.