CATSKILL — A Southern-style steakhouse will open a new location in Catskill later this spring.

Artis Southern Cuisine & Steakhouse, of Schenectady, announced that a Catskill restaurant will be opening soon.

“We will be opening in Catskill soon,” according to the announcement. “This is my dream location. A waterfront location with enough [space] to host weddings, banquets and parties of all occasions.”

The new restaurant will be moving into the old Tatiana’s location at 601 Main St.

“Anytime a building that’s been empty for awhile gets filled, that’s a positive,” Greene County Chamber of Commerce President Jeff Friedman said. “From what I understand, it’s a very popular and good restaurant.”

Owner Jadell Whitfield hopes to open the new eatery in June, he said.

“That was the first thing that drew my attention,” he said. “Then I watched the YouTube video sent to me by the owner, and from there I fell in love with the establishment.”

Whitfield started his cooking career at the age of 16 at the Kingsway Arms Nursing Center in Schenectady.

From there, he went on to work at several restaurants in the Capital Region including Brooklyn’s American Grill, the Butcher Block Steak & Seafood, Garcia’s Mexican Restaurant, Fireside Pizza and Sandwich Pub and Ground Round.

Whitfield opened his Schenectady location just before the pandemic hit. He and his team delivered meals to local nursing homes, Ellis Hospital, fire departments and held cookout events in local parks.

For his day job, Whitfield works with disadvantaged youth.

“At my Schenectady building, I like to have on-job training for youth to be a resume-builder,” he said, adding that he plans to be involved in the Catskill community as well.

“I have big plans,” he said. “I’m all about giving back to the kids. All that I do in Schenectady, I will be doing the same thing in Catskill.”

Whitfield also likes to be a role model for youth.

“We’re a restaurant but we’re also a restaurant that’s dedicated to giving back to the community, giving hope to other African-American youth that don’t often see an African-American that owns an establishment,” he said. “That’s what we will be bringing to the Catskill area.”

The menu will feature ribs, pulled pork, collard greens, candied yams, mac and cheese, fried chicken, fried haddock and more, Whitfield said.

“I am welcoming to any new businesses coming into the village,” trustee Natasha Law said. “The less open storefronts, the better it is for our community. More businesses means more jobs. It’s a beautiful locations that I’ve hated to see empty all of this time. I wish the new restaurant nothing but success. I’ve seen pictures online of the food and I personally cannot wait to try it out.”

New businesses have been springing up throughout the county, with a new co-working space called Citiot to open on Main Street, Friedman said.

“There’s a lot of positive momentum right now in Catskill,” he said. “I’m feeling good about where we’re heading.”

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