Susy is a mom of two and a successful restauranteur. She and her husband/business partner Michael recently purchased an Ardsley bagel deli that has been a staple of the community for years, and converted it into The Shop Ardsley – an amazing hybrid restaurant (bagels and luncheonette by day, full service restaurant by night) that is quickly becoming even more beloved and a go-to destination in the Rivertowns!
How many kids do you have and what are their ages?
I have two boys, Samson is 11 and Greyson is 9
What do you love about living in the Rivertowns?
We have lived in the Rivertowns for over 14 years, initially we chose this area because I grew up in Westchester, we liked the proximity to NYC and we just felt comfortable here. This area is so beautiful and close to the river, which we love, but we also really appreciate the tightknit feel of the community here. People come together to help each other all the time. Having been on both the giving and receiving end of that caring has been incredible for my family and for me.
What is your favorite thing to do/place to shop and dine in the Rivertowns?
Especially during COVID, we really enjoy all of the great outdoor activities in the Rivertowns. We love hiking near the reservoir in Irvington and bike riding on the Croton Aqueduct Trail and the South County Trailway near the Saw Mill River Parkway.
Other than The Shop Ardsley, which we think has the best food around… we love how many great restaurants there are in the Rivertowns. Some of our favorites are Mima Vinoteca, River City Grille and MP Taverna in Irvington, the Rare Bit, the Cookery and Sushi Mike’s in Dobbs Ferry, and Sazan in Ardsley just to name a few!
Tell us about your career
I have hospitality in my blood! My husband Michael and I have owned a bar and two restaurants in New York City over the past 20 years. I am a very social person and this is such a special career because I get to meet and great our guests, see the looks on their faces when they eat a great meal, watch them enjoy their friends and family and help them celebrate. When we decided to close the Writing Room (formerly Elaine’s) our most recent NYC restaurant because of COVID, we decided to make lemonade out of lemons. We brought some of our amazing staff and menu items to The Shop Ardsley and the idea of the hybrid restaurant really took off from there. Every day we offer our delicious bagels and gourmet deli options for breakfast and lunch, and at night we convert to a full service restaurant with a full liquor license.
How has your job changed as a result of COVID?
Unfortunately, so much of the restaurant industry has changed as a result of COVID. Launching a new restaurant during a pandemic has certainly been a challenge! We have worked very hard to offer great outdoor and curbside options in addition to our dining room service. This is such an incredible community and we are thrilled to share our food with our friends and neighbors. We already have many regular customers, who currently do mostly take out and delivery. I am definitely looking forward to a time when we can all share a meal together!
How do you balance your career and family life?
One of the best things about owning a local business is how close it is to home! Compared to our NYC restaurants, we have much more flexibility in our new location at The Shop Ardsley. Michael manages the day to day operations, and I have the flexibility to go back and forth between the business and our kids.
The Shop Ardsley – 711 Saw Mill River Road Ardsley – 914.591.4321