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Gigs on the Go
Traveling musicians are adding the homey Burritt’s Café in Weedsport
to their itineraries

       n Feb. 28 Isreal Hagan, Syracuse New                us—a friend of his lives in Syracuse—and he
       Times Syracuse Area Music Award-                    said, ‘While I’m on my way, I can get off the
       winning rhythm’n’blues vocalist,                    Thruway, in two minutes be at Burritt’s Café,
shot down the Thruway to Exit 40 to play a                 do a gig Friday night and be in Chicago for

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                MICHAEL DAVIS PHOTOS
charming room in a historic building on the                my Saturday night gig.”
main drag of the Cayuga County village of                      Brenne is one of several touring acts that
Weedsport. Burritt’s Café, 8914 N. Seneca                  is putting Burritt’s on the national map and
St., has staked its claim as a Central New                 creating a buzz along the Thruway corridor
York live music hotspot and many Syracuse-                 and across the Internet. “I was asked just last
based musicians find the drive rewarding.                  night what my favorite venue might be like,”
   “There’s a good feel out there,” Hagan                  Brenne says. “Burritt’s came to mind for
                                                           several reasons. It should be a sort of natural       impressive ambiance of a former hardware                          Sweets on you:
says. “People listen better when they’re not
                                                           meeting place for people to come and see              store. The café’s renovation was still under       Sherry Saben-Wolford and Darryl Wolford,
drunk. They want to hear my own recordings.
They ask for my originals, so I do a mix.”                 music, but also hang out with friends. I’ve           way when the couple opened the smaller            co-owners of Burritt’s Café, share a Saturday
   On March 14, Swedish-born singer-song-                  been to a lot of places around the country and        front dining area in March 2006, a few weeks night with local music fans, who flock to the
writer Chris Brenne will venture out of his                it’s one of many similar cafes that I always          before finishing the main room that now            eatery to munch on its delectable deserts;
Beantown home base to perform on the same                  look forward to playing at.”                          features the stage. The rich look of the décor      the bathroom (right) is an attraction too.
stage as he cultivates a national audience.                    Customers never incur a cover charge to           boasts plenty of weathered beams and plank
“Chris plays coffeehouses all around Boston,               enjoy the music or the carefully designed             flooring with brick walls behind the counter
                                                                                                                                                                       The business name comes from the early
but he was doing a gig in Chicago,” explains               menu of breakfast entrees, sandwiches, salads,        and the elevated stage.
                                                                                                                                                                    owner of the hardware store where Wolford,
Burritt’s co-owner Darryl Wolford. “He found               coffees and teas, all served in the midst of the          A glass case displays a tempting array of
                                                                                                                                                                    who grew up in the Weedsport-Cato area, had
                                                                                                                 desserts, all created on the premises and many
                                                                                                                                                                    purchased material and supplies for his cabling
                                                                                                                 crafted to be healthier than standard cakes and
                                                                                                                                                                    business. “In 1850, Oren W. Burritt moved
                                                                                                                 cookies. “I’m a registered nurse, by profes-
                                                                                                                                                                    from Connecticut to join his cousin in the hard-
                                                                                                                 sion,” says Sherry Saben-Wolford, Wolford’s
                                                                                                                                                                    ware business here,” Saben-Wolford recounts.
                                                                                                                 former classmate, wife of four years and
                                                                                                                                                                    “In 1852, he bought the building and built the
                                                                                                                 business partner. “So I’m very aware of the
                                                                                                                                                                    adjoining building as the O.W. Burritt and
                                                                                                                 unhealthiness of many regular foods with the
                                                                                                                                                                    Brother Machine Shop, where he patented two
                                                                                                                 insecticides and pesticides and chemicals used
                                                                                                                                                                    tools that are now hung over our front door.”
                                                                                                                 to process it and I didn’t want that here. I’m
                                                                                                                                                                       That original building was lost in a fire and
                                                                                                                 also aware of the effect of sugar on everybody.
                                                                                                                                                                    replaced by the current structure, which had
 1370 Burnet Avenue, SyrAcuSe • 471-4262                                                                         So it became very important to me to find the
                                                                                                                                                                    remained vacant for several years as Wolford
                                                                                                                 best sources of products that are hormone-
 SundAy                                                   SundAy                                                 free, antibiotic-free and locally produced. We
                                                                                                                                                                    simmered a desire to see it rehabilitated. “We
                                                                                                                                                                    saw this building sitting here in the center
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