The renovated interior is the handi-work of Jess, a graduate of the textile-design program at Syracuse. She’s re-cast the capacious room in homey, pleasing shades of yellow, terra cotta, and purple that pick up the striated hues of the original oak floor. In the daytime, natural light carpets in through the grand, floor-to-ceiling windows; the same room at night feels lush and warm and tucked away.
On any given night, the restaurant bustles with chatty diners; on weekends the place is positively jumping. If you’re back for a visit after growing up here, you’ll run into your fifth-grade teacher, or the guy who rebuilt your mother’s porch. If you’re a stranger, the hometown vibe will make you wish you lived here, or somewhere like it.