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Former Syracuse Speakeasy Comes Back to Life

By Sean Robson SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) — Eric Alderman has owned the building in Armory Square since 1991, but it wasn’t until October 4th, 2017 that his vision became reality. He created The Stoop Kitchen; a restaurant, bar(s), and bakery working all in unison, positioned directly next to Kitty Hoynes Irish Pub in Syracuse.

The establishment is a reinvention of what used to be on the second floor fo the building, The Stoop, a popular bar that was known as first speakeasy in New York State. The bar upstairs remains the same; Alderman kept the same decor to retain the atmosphere that once was. An outdoor patio is offered for customers in the summer months, complimenting a long list of naturally flavored margaritas or a choice of 168 tequilas.

On the main floor customers can sit and drink at a modern bar or order food, of which, 85% is sourced within 15 miles of the kitchen.

“Instead of making a menu and going out and buying it, we see what’s available and make a menu according to what’s available locally,” Alderman says. The Stoop Kitchen’s menu changes every six weeks, fluctuating to accommodate local produce.

In the basement of the building is The Stoop Kitchen’s world class bakery that supplies the The Stoop Bakery & Café, run by a French born and trained baker.

“The closest place you can go to get pastries like we have here would be Paris,” Alderman says with a grin.

Alderman has also put in place an initiative to benefit local non-for profits in the Syracuse area. Every two months the Stoop Kitchen will choose a different charity to donate a portion of their profits to.

In addition, the kitchen remains closed on Mondays and Tuesdays to aid local businesses, charities and organizations. Alderman says that he wanted to make the space available for different groups to come together for fundraisers and meetings among other events.