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Birdsall Owners Opening Pizza Place in Peekskill

The new bar/restaurant will focus on flatbread pizzas, beer and meat; opening planned for August.

The owners are renovating 911 South Street to open a new bar and restaurant named Gleason’s this August, according to their website.

The owners plan to focus on beer, meat and utilizing local ingredients, as they do the two-year-old Birdsall, but will offer mostly flatbread pizzas. The location, which formerly housed Ciro’s Italian restaurant, is just two blocks away from John Sharpe and Tim Reinke’s Birdsall House, a popular restaurant and bar on Main Street.

Sharpe and Reinke have partnered with Bryan Delaney and Damian Collemo to open Gleason’s, named after Jackie Gleason, who once had a house in the city, according to lohud.com. Sharpe, Reinke and Delaney once owned Blind Tiger Ale House in New York City.

An octopus ‘salumi,’ pickled onions, basil pesto and arugula flatbread is one example of an offering on their prototype menu. Soups and salads will be offered as well, according to their website.

They will also feature eight specific styles of beer - “pilsner, IPA, pale ale, porter, hefeweizen, stout, rotating seasonal, and one ‘wallet-friendly’ beer,’”– to be dispensed from a T draught tower. And the draught will rotate less often then it does at Birdsall.

A diverse wine selection, bourbons, scotch and a cocktail list built around house-made bitters, are also on the menu.

Visit http://www.gleasons-peekskill.com/ for more information. The site says they plan to open this August.

Patty Villanova May 30, 2012 at 12:27 PM
John Sharpe does it again! Congratulations and thanks for proving that it's possible to have a successful business in downtown Peekskill. You are an inspiration to many. Don't let anyone else take credit for your hard work and perseverance. Good Luck.
Thomas L. Fedele May 30, 2012 at 12:27 PM
Great news! We love the Birdsall House also. I did notice that Ciro's had two pictures near the restrooms that were from the village where my father was born in Calabria,Italy. If they have not been thrown out and you are not going to keep them as a decoration, I would offer to buy one if the price isn't too much. Good Luck with Gleason's and we look forward to your Grand Opening!
jo May 30, 2012 at 01:36 PM
hope the food is better at the new place
theobserver June 01, 2012 at 12:40 PM
Choice, variety, competition. This is good for Peekskill.

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