I am LOVING all the new shops in town! Among the new businesses to recently arrive on Purchase Street is Rosemary and Vine, a Mediterranean restaurant that opened on the corner of Purchase Street and Locust Avenue in early October. I recently had the chance to chat with Rosemary and Vine co-owner and Rye mom, Tania Rahal. Here's her story:
Who are you and what do you do?
"Berj [Rosemary and Vine co-owner and Tania's husband] and I come from very different backgrounds. He was in finance and I was in event planning. In 2012, we started thinking about building our own business here in Westchester. We were attracted to and intrigued by the restaurant business. It was right around the time that we started paying more attention to what we eat. We are committed to living as sustainably as possible, and that incorporates how our food choices impact the planet, ourselves, and our family. We really started thinking about the type of food that we want to offer to our community. That’s when we came up with the idea behind Rosemary and Vine."
How did you get started?
"Coming from unrelated backgrounds, we hired a full team of professionals who helped us develop, build, and execute our concept. We hired food service consultants, an amazing chef that helped us develop our menu, a great branding agency, architects and engineers and an outstanding Operations Manager who made all a reality."
Why is what you do important?
"We have created a space where people can eat delicious and flavorful Mediterranean food that also happens to be healthy and sustainably grown, in a hip environment with cool music and an interesting selection of specialty wines and craft beers. Most importantly, it is a place where you can offer your kids a delicious meal and feel good about what they’re eating. All our ingredients are thoughtfully sourced with a special attention to quality and all our food is cooked in our open kitchen. We have a great selection of local cheeses and a full coffee and tea program. Our coffee beans are from Coffee Labs, a small batch roaster in Tarrytown and our organic teas are from SerendipiTea, which is also a New York operation."
Why did you choose Rye?
"The city of Rye, and specifically Purchase Street, is one of the top restaurant destinations in Westchester. Also, having lived in and around Rye over the past 10 years, we saw the need for something along the lines of what Rosemary and Vine offers. We knew there was a need for this and as soon as we found out about the open space on the corner of Purchase and Locust, we jumped on the opportunity, leased the space and started our project."
My daughter and I had the chance to have lunch at Rosemary and Vine a few weeks ago. The restaurant is beautiful. New windows along the Locust Street side of the building open up the space and shed warm light on the modern and fresh decor. Friendly and knowledgeable staff members took our order from the behind the counter, and another staff member handed my daughter coloring sheets and crayons as we sat down. My food (three small dishes with pita) was tasty, and the kids meal (pita grilled cheese) was a hit with my daughter. I look forward to going again soon!
To learn more about Rosemary and Vine, check out their website: www.rosemaryandvine.com.
Rosemary and Vine
29 Purchase Street
Rye, NY 10580