about the restaurant

true farm to table
 

 

Friends since childhood

Owners Chris Talgo and Tim Hardiman forged a business partnership based on their common passions for great local food and drink, sustainable business, and improving the community. Opening the restaurant only made sense. After all, Tim had been managing other peoples’ restaurants successfully for years and had loads of experience as an executive chef. And Chris practically paved the way for the restaurant through the popularity of his first venture, The Nail Creek Pub & Brewery on Varick St. in Utica. Once they found the perfect location, all the pieces really began to fall into place.

Our name, The Tailor & The Cook, is an homage to the history of our beautiful building at 94 Genesee Street in Utica. Since the birth of the city, this address has been home to a number of thriving businesses including the UTK Tailoring Company, from 1910 until the 1940s. We’re honored to be writing the next chapter in the story of this location.

We’re also thrilled to play a role in the revitalization of the historic Bagg’s Square neighborhood. Although several major fires have devastated this area over the years, the latest occurring in 1948, Bagg’s Square has always managed to be rebuilt, thanks to the prominence of its location and its historic significance.

As the spot where Utica Harbor and the Barge Canal intersect, Bagg’s Square has been a commercial, industrial, and transportation center since the city was established. Because of the proximity to the train station, this neighborhood saw many famous visitors such as Vice President Aaron Burr, President John Quincy Adams, Henry Clay, Abraham Lincoln, Andrew Johnson, Washington Irving, and Charles Dickens (just to name a few).

In 1983, the Lower Genesee Street Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. We hope The Tailor & The Cook will go down in history for serving some of the best food Uticans have ever tasted. Come in for a bite and make history with us soon!

our mission is to never compromise our values

those include:

Local sourcing

Obtaining local products is of utmost importance to us. Sourcing ingredients from neighboring farms allows us to serve the freshest possible dishes, promote the local economy, reduce our carbon footprint, and ensure the food we serve is produced with methods we support. We believe that choosing local food enhances the environmental and economic health of our community.

Quality & Taste

We strive to serve our guests the absolute finest food in Central New York. Our chefs, Tim, Steve, and Vince both have impressive culinary backgrounds. More important, though, is the passion they possess for pleasing guests and the tremendous care they take in preparing provocative, seasonal dishes that highlight the best quality ingredients available regionally.

Guest satisfaction

Our carefully selected staff is comprised of professionals who share our passion and vision for great food, drink and service. We have tremendous respect for your decision to dine with us and want to ensure that decision is honored with service that is second-to-none. Our top priority is to delight every guest who walks through our door.

Ambiance

Lots of heart and soul went into the renovation of our restaurant. Our goal was to serve our masterful dishes in a warm, inviting and unique atmosphere and as you look around our historic building we hope you’ll find our restaurant as aesthetically pleasing as it is comfortable.

Environmental sustainability

By obtaining our ingredients locally, we are able to play a role in conserving fossil fuels and reducing harmful emissions. Rather than construct a new building to perfectly suit our operation, we made the more sustainable choice to renovate and retrofit an existing structure. The Tailor & The Cook is housed in a building as old as the city of Utica. We chose as much locally produced, recycled, refurbished, and reclaimed materials as we could.

Perfect night out

Whether you share these values or not, we urge you to come visit us at The Tailor & The Cook and enjoy an amazing meal with us. We’re confident you won’t be disappointed.

History of Our Location

Our location at 94 Genesee Street in Utica is a reflection of our love for the area and our desire to develop a sustainable business. The Tailor & The Cook is housed in a building as old as the city itself. Rather than construct a new location, we decided to retrofit an existing structure in a way that would respect the environment and our area’s history.

Below is a history of Bagg’s Square and our location that local historian and writer Bren White was kind enough to put together for us using sources from the Oneida County Historical Society. We’d love to hear your comments, memories, or any additional information you might have on 94 Genesee St or the Square.

History of Bagg’s Square and 94 Genesee Street (The Tailor & The Cook)

94 Genesee Street is located in historic Bagg’s Square, surrounding Utica’s Union Station in Upstate New York. This neighborhood, a 20-block area of downtown Utica, has traditionally been Utica’s commercial, industrial, and transportation center – where transportation arteries connect and adjacent to Utica Harbor and the Barge Canal.

In 1795, stage lines began to run through Utica and by 1829, the Bagg’s Square district had two considerable groceries stores as well as leather, drug, tin, furniture, and other establishments. In the early 1800s, trains brought more and more people to Utica. The Bagg’s Square marketplace became a city plaza. Because of the proximity to the train station, this neighborhood saw many famous people such as Vice President Aaron Burr, President John Quincy Adams, Henry Clay, Abraham Lincoln, Andrew Johnson, Washington Irving, and Charles Dickens (just to name a few). For more than a century, this neighborhood was the center of trade and commerce for Utica.

Although several fires have devastated Bagg’s Sqaure (the most significant being in 1837 and 1948), this neighborhood has consistently been rebuilt and reestablished as a necessary part of the fabric of Utica.

The building at 94 Genesee Street, like its neighbors throughout Bagg Square, has changed hands throughout the years but has consistently been a quality, local business. This location has been in business basically since the establishment of the City itself. Over the years, it has housed great businesses such as The Ideal Shoe Store (1900), the Lawrence Lunch Room (1906-09), J&M Electric (1906-09), the UTK Tailoring Company, Inc (1910-1940s), Slater Drug Company (mid 1940s), and Western Union Telegraph Company (1960- mid 1980s).

Utica can be proud, once again, of the revitalization of the Lower Genesee Street and Bagg Square neighborhood. In 1983, the Lower Genesee Street Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places because of its great significance in the building of downtown Utica. And today we are excited to see the businesses in this neighborhood growing once again.

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