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Goshen alumni opens local restaurant

Moose's Cafe owner Tom Picchione with employees Erika and BriFebruary 28, 2012 - When Tom Picchione was a student at Goshen High School, he never worried about what career path to follow or what college to attend.

“I always knew that I’d pursue the culinary arts and that I wanted to be in the restaurant business,” he said. “For as long as I can remember; I’ve always loved it.”

Picchione, who graduated in 1998, recently opened Moose’s Retro Café on West Main Street in Goshen. After high school, he attended the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park and worked as a chef at the Wards Bridge Inn in Montgomery and the Osiris Country Club in Walden. He also served as general manager of Panera Bread in Middletown.

Peace, love, cheeseburgers T-shirtsPicchione is able to combine his management experience and culinary expertise with his new restaurant, which opened about a month ago.

“I decided to open my restaurant because I felt constrained working for others,” he said. “I wanted to be in business for myself and cook the food that I love.”

According to Picchione, Moose’s Retro Café features “simple, high quality American food with a twist.” Specialties include the stuffed burgers, where toppings are put inside the meat instead of on top, and gourmet macaroni and cheese skillets.

Picchione selected his retro menu because it’s not only the kind of food that he loves, but because he felt it was a good fit for Goshen.

“Goshen is a historic town and I thought that the retro menu and decor would be attractive to its residents,” he said. “I’ve lived in Goshen for most of my life; it's my home town and I wanted to add to the community I grew up in.”

Top photo: Moose's Retro Cafe owner Tom Picchione with employees Erika and Bri.

Bottom photo: Moose's Retro Cafe employees wear tie dyed "peace, love, cheeseburgers" T-shirts.


About Alumni Spotlight
This article is the first of a new series for the Goshen Central School District, titled Alumni Spotlight. This website series will feature Goshen graduates and the unique and wonderful things they've been doing since graduation. If you'd like to suggest an alumni to be featured in Alumni Spotlight, contact Public Information Specialist Christina Gore. Please note that features are selected at the discretion of the superintendent.