With the fall semester in full swing, students are beginning to enjoy the new restaurants and businesses in the Arlington area, including Delta Pi, Bluestone Kitchen + Bar, and Bagel World.
Many of these new store owners are grateful to be located so close to Vassar College and hope students stop by to try their food. “When it came to opening a restaurant next door to Vassar, we saw it as a great opportunity to really show off our talents,” said William Perry, the owner and general manager of Bluestone Kitchen + Bar. “Both the students and the faculty are very diverse, which allowed us to design our menus and the physical space in not only approachable, but also a little eclectic way.”
Ila Kumar ’25 said she enjoys the new food options for off-campus students. “I like the new places, but I think we need a place that’s a coffee shop during the day, to give Crafted some competition, and then a bar at night — like The Mug used to be.”
Kumar also expressed interest in Bagel World, which will open at the end of September. Bagel World chain vice president Kevin Cashman said, “We’re going to offer students great bagels as well as an extensive menu of egg sandwiches, omelets, wraps, salads and more.”
Julia Barnett ’24 said she’s looking forward to becoming a regular at the new restaurants. “I think we’ve really completed the different kitchens around our campus! I’ve certainly had that craving for Greek before, and now it’s gone. I also think a slightly more upscale place like Bluestone will be great fun for special occasions.”
These new businesses will hopefully appeal to students, who will eventually be able to use their Arlington Bucks in the new locations, according to Wesley Eugene Dixon, special assistant to the president and secretary to the board of directors. He commented: “We are excited about these new businesses coming to the Arlington area as they are local businesses run by local residents with a track record of success.” He added: “These companies were selected from many others based on feedback from members of the Vassar and Arlington communities and their fresh, contemporary energy.”
Marcus D’Agostino ’23 said he’s happy about a more upbeat atmosphere off campus for a bite to eat. “Bluestone is a more sophisticated establishment, filling a gap between the Juliet’s dive bar and Savonnas’ price hike,” he said. “Their menu is quite basic, but well prepared. The staff are polite and professional, and it’s a great place for a few drinks.”
Perry added that the business at Bluestone Kitchen + Bar has been successful in a number of ways thus far. “Being a restaurant, the financial aspect can be a little daunting.
However, we met a lot of great local people who have adopted us as their favorite place. Thanks to those customers and word of mouth, we have also seen a lot of fresh faces, which is always exciting.”
Dixon shares the sentiment with Perry. He said: “At the College, we are excited to support business growth in Arlington and are confident that these new businesses will be great neighbors and citizens of our local community.” Dixon added, “Our hope is that students will visit these businesses that join the other great shops and restaurants along Raymond Avenue in Arlington.”
The diversity of food options provides an uplifting beat after the campus community lost staples like BurgerFi, Julie’s Restaurant, and Tomato Cafe. “So far I’ve mostly been to Delta Pi (although Bluestone was on the bucket list),” Barnett wrote. “I’m a big believer in the chicken gyro (but definitely build your own and add lettuce!). The food has that really reassuring homemade quality and the portion-to-price ratio is phenomenal.”
Barnett added, “I love that new businesses are opening in Poughkeepsie and when Bagel World opens you can guarantee I’ll be there.”