Goshen alumni opens local restaurant
February 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
Picchione 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
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
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.
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.