CATSKILL — Restaurant 394 Main Street Grill is reopening with a new lease on brunch, lunch and dinner Wednesday with a sibling team at the helm.
Since closing in late May after the previous restaurant’s departure, executive chef and owner Jason Cukerstein, chef Corey Sinclair and front-of-house manager Jennifer Cukerstein have redesigned the menu and atmosphere of 394 Main Street Grill. The restaurant’s soft opening is Wednesday at 11 a.m. with a ribbon-cutting scheduled for Friday at 4:30 p.m. before dinner service.
Formerly known as the Mediterranean Bistro, the previous management team left to join Greenville restaurant Mountain View Brasserie. Jason Cukerstein said he’d been looking for a place to start his own restaurant for a while after working as a chef for other venues, and despite having grown up in Hudson, it didn’t matter to him which side of the river his new place would be on.
Jason Cukerstein graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in 2007 and has since worked in Boston and upstate New York. Sinclair was most recently head chef at Peint O Grew in Chatham, according to the restaurant’s website. Jennifer Cukerstein brings 25 years of management experience to the front-of-house.
For Jason and Jennifer, it’s no surprise the sibling duo entered the restaurant business. Their grandparents owned an pizzeria, and their parents owned a Hudson catering business and deli, which Jennifer managed as a teenager, she said.
The short amount of time to conceptualize the restaurant didn’t present a challenge to Jason Cukerstein, as he’s had an idea of what he wanted his own restaurant to be for a long time.
“We have American fare, Italian fare, some Asian influence — I mean, it’s really everything,” he said.
The lunch menu features cuisine like taco and chicken wing appetizers and an assortment of sandwiches. Jason Cukerstein said he’s looking forward to serving smash burgers, which are two four-ounce patties smashed thin, topped with melted cheese on a buttered bun with pickles, “smash sauce” and bacon, for example.
“No one around here does smash burgers, though, so I’m excited to see how those play,” he said. “I love the smash burger.”
Dinner entrees include steak, fish, pork chops and pastas. Jennifer Cukerstein said she is most excited to see the customer response to Jason’s original creations, which will most likely appear as specials, he said.
Jennifer Cukerstein said the inside has been completely changed, creating a new aesthetic that gives a more “loungey, steakhouse vibe.”
The siblings are close, Jennifer Cukerstein said, and she was excited to work with her brother.
“It was something that I jumped on right away because I have the management side of it and he has the culinary and all the background for restaurants and everything, and together, we’re going to make an indestructible team,” she said.
394 Main Street Grill is open Wednesday through Saturday 11 a.m.-4 p.m. and 5 p.m.- 9 p.m., and offers a limited brunch menu Sunday 9 a.m. -1 p.m.
The bar will remain open after the kitchen closes at 9 p.m., Jason Cukerstein said.