The Paloubis household, entrepreneurs of Mulberry Street in Babylon, commenced preparing for a major overhaul of the house in 2019.
And for those people who’ve in no way been, Mulberry Road is a far cry from your normal, single-storefront pizzeria with a restaurant tucked in the again.
This was a huge enterprise.
What resulted is a gleaming new exterior for Mulberry Road, and the rest of the searching plaza the relatives owns off East Key Street in the village.
Ultimately this drop, function on the restaurant’s whole inside was accomplished. And the story is very wild, as far as restaurant renovation stories go.
Elaborate and coordinated designs for the interior of Mulberry Street were being now in the operates when COVID-19 struck in the spring of 2020.
Instantly, the owners experienced to rethink every thing. But COVID constraints presented a “huge opportunity” as nicely, they told GreaterBabylon, “because we could not even use the dining space if we wanted to.”
Just the takeout pizzeria aspect was permitted to function beneath state recommendations.
What they prepared next was novel, if not a little nuts.
“When they instructed me what we had been carrying out, I didn’t even believe it,” claimed Mulberry Street’s longtime manager, Maura Neal.
The approximately 30-12 months-aged kitchen area was sorely in require of an up grade. But the Paloubis relatives desired the team cooking for takeout if they have been heading to generate any income for the foreseeable future, and preserve persons utilized.
“So what we did was transfer the full kitchen area into the eating room, to re-do the kitchen area. We had short term plumbing set in and rented a walk-in. The dining space was now the kitchen.”
There was still 1 challenge. The pizzeria was also slated to be revamped. The constrictions of the state’s mandated shutdowns did not end that either.
Neal quickly admits she was wanting ahead to some days off.
She did not get them.
“We only shut on St. Patrick’s Day, to do the tiling in the pizzeria,” she said. “Everything else was completed at night time.”
Now the Paloubis family has a restaurant they experienced constantly envisioned, and come to feel their staff and customers are worthy of.
Not only is the kitchen and pizzeria region all manufacturer-new, there’s a solar-splashed foyer with a fashionable chandelier. The primary dining spot acquired aesthetic upgrades as perfectly.
With the do the job, Mulberry Avenue also features a new bar spot they’re primarily psyched about. Happy hour specials will be launching before long, from 3 to 6 p.m. on weekdays.
The “new” Mulberry Road opened in Oct.
Seeking again, just one factor they are specially proud of is that they were equipped to retain almost the complete team, with the assistance of some ingenuity — and loans through the SBA’s Paycheck Safety Method.
Whilst other areas are battling to employ men and women back again, Mulberry Street of Babylon Village is humming.
The regional favourite 1st opened in 1988. The 33-calendar year-previous small business straddles 5 decades.
With the overhaul, the Paloubis spouse and children system to adhere all around for a handful of more.
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We know every person wishes to know about the offers, so here they are:
• Earlier Night is Monday. You get a alternative of $16 or $20 pasta offerings that involve bread and butter, a cheesecake or dessert of the day and coffee and tea.
• Tuesday is Chicken Night. For $21 every single, diners on these nights pick out from a basic or specialty rooster entrée. All are served with pasta. You also get bread and butter, a cheesecake or dessert of the working day and espresso and tea.
• The Wine & Day Fridays deal is simple: Two entrées and a bottle of wine for $60.
photos by Satin Widrow and Michael White