Bridgestreet Libations & Temptations closes

Photo via Bridgestreet Libations & Temptations Facebook page.
Photo via Bridgestreet Libations & Temptations Facebook page.

NEW HARTFORD — Ever since the pandemic started last March, restaurants have had a very hard time surviving an exceedingly difficult business environment (see the article “Restaurants are ‘all in this together’”).
Over the past year, many restaurants around the country have had to close.
The latest restaurant to close during the pandemic is Bridgestreet Libations & Temptations (aka BLT), located at 2 Bridge Street.
The restaurant, owned by Jim Casey, opened in late 2017, taking the place of Chatterley’s Restaurant.
Casey announced the closing on the restaurant’s Facebook page.
“We are saddened to announce that we will be closing for the foreseeable future,” Casey wrote. “We hope that it only lasts a few weeks, but we are unsure. This past year has taken a toll on us and our industry as a whole. During this time we are going to try and reinvent ourselves and come back better than ever. We are extremely thankful for all of the support we have received over the last few months. So thank you to everyone who has dined with us in one way or another. We hope to see you soon!”
John Burdick, Vice-Chair of the New Hartford Economic Development Commission, said that he is saddened that the restaurant has closed, but he is hoping that BLT will make a comeback.
“I admire the creative pivoting BLT has been doing,” Burdick wrote via email. “It is such a shame how the pandemic is slamming our businesses, especially restaurants. I witnessed all the renovation including the personal touches Jim and his team put into space before opening. Jim and his restaurant are an exemplary supporter of the community. We’ve all marveled at his culinary creations, applaud the acclaim BLT has received and appreciate the impact the restaurant has had on the New Hartford Downtown.”
Burdick wrote that there will be ripple effects from BLT’s closure because Casey “goes out of his way to locally source ingredients, features local beer, and has a great staff.”
“Jim, I know the whole community is rooting for you and your team,” Burdick wrote. “We all hope we see BLT’s doors open again and soon.”