Downtowns in CNY villages need restaurants and shops that fill a niche. The places that seem to work best are fulfilling a need, offering something a bit unique or special, something “un-mall-like,” to coin a phrase.
There is a lot to be said about driving into a village or town and finding an interesting bookstore, gallery, shop, or restaurant.
In Hamilton, a bar/restaurant called Rusch’s Bar and Grill joined the other downtown establishments back in February, and all indications are that it’s here to stay. And that ‘s a good thing indeed.
Rusch’s fills the space that was once a former computer shop and a former Italian restaurant. Major renovations have turned it into a well-appointed restaurant that serves everything from outstanding burgers and panini sandwiches to more sophisticated dinner entrees.
It’s a great place to watch any kind of sporting event , as there are about a dozen flat-screen televisions strategically placed throughout the separate restaurant and bar sections.
Owner Doug Rusch ran the Colgate Inn for a time, and also managed the Craftsman House restaurant up in Fayetteville. He struck out on his own with Rusch’s, and he’s produced a winner.
Stop in at Rusch’s after visiting the Hamilton farmers market in the village green on Saturdays, shopping in the Colgate University bookstore down the street, or after a scenic drive through the beautiful Chenango Valley. You’ll be glad you did.
You can find Rusch’s here.