A glass case displays a tempting array of desserts, all created on the premises and many crafted to be healthier than standard cakes and cookies. "I'm a registered nurse, by profession," says Sherry Saben-Wolford, Wolford's former classmate, wife of four years and business partner. "So I'm very aware of the unhealthiness of many regular foods with the insecticides and pesticides and chemicals used to process it and I didn't want that here. I'm also aware of the effect of sugar on everybody. So it became very important to me to find the best sources of products that are hormone-free, antibiotic-free and locally produced. We use all high-end products. That's what I want. I want quality."Nurturing the business as a live music venue, aided by a creative Web site (www.burritts.com), has helped the owners to move beyond a small, blue-collar town eatery to make a name for [Oren W. Burritt]'s. "That's opened up a whole new door for us," Wolford theorizes. "I just did a booking of a lady from Nova Scotia. She's traveling to do an act down in Nashville. She said, 'I found you on the Web and realized you're kind of on my way. How about I stop and sing for a night?' So it's very interesting, the whole dynamics going on with the explosion of music on the Web."Wolford now has his sights on another musical project inspired by Syracuse pianist Joe Riposo. "Joe stopped in one day and played a recording he had done," Saben-Wolford recalls. "[Darryl Wolford] said, 'That's beautiful. Where did you record that?' and Joe said, 'Right here!'"
arts & entertainment eats BY kevin corBett Gigs on the Go Traveling musicians are adding the homey Burritt’s Café in Weedsport to their itineraries O 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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