No revolution here, just fine dining

MILLERTON — Although the first thing to pop into your mind might be the avant-garde piece of music from The Beatles, “Revolution 9� (“… number nine, number nine …�), a new restaurant that opened in the back of Simmons’ Way Village Inn last week is serving up less of the experimental and more of the tried and true service that built up quite a name for itself in Ancram.

Number 9 actually gets its name from the Little Nine Partners Patent, the final land patent granted in Dutchess County in 1706, encompassing the towns of North East, Pine Plains and Milan. Purely coincidentally, the name was chosen on Sept. 9, 2009.

Number 9 is owned by Tim and Taryn Cocheo. Tim was most recently the chef at The Bottletree in Ancram.

“We just thought Millerton was the place to be,� Taryn explained. “We’re looking to stay here as long as possible. It’s a great location, and we’re here to serve fine-dining food in a casual atmosphere. You can get a great meal, but you can also be sitting next to someone having a burger.�

The hesitancy to come down on either side of the fence is evident looking around the dining area. The exquisitely carved wooden bar might pull you in one direction, but then the brown butcher paper laid over the tablecloths on each table reels you back in. It’s a recipe that the owners of Number 9 think complements the food perfectly.

Cocheo describes his restaurant’s menu as “French American with Austrian influences,� adding that it has a lot in common with The Bottletree and former patrons will know exactly what’s in store when they walk through Number 9’s doors.

So far, so good for the newest addition to the village. An opening reception on Nov. 2 entertained approximately 150 people, Taryn estimated.

“It couldn’t have been better,� she said. “There’s been so much support from the businesses and the people around here.�

The community has already had more than a helping hand in the look and feel of the restaurant. In fact, the aforementioned bar was the product of a craftsman in Pine Plains, and added touches from some of the paintings on the walls to the rug under customers’ feet were donated by various shop owners in the village.

The restaurant officially started serving patrons on Nov. 4; Number 9 is open from Tuesday to Saturday from 5:30 until about 10 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for brunch. The restaurant can be reached at 518-592-1299 and is located at 53 Main St., in the rear of Simmons’ Way Village Inn. It is most easily accessed from Century Boulevard.

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