Memphis Mae’s Melds Authentic Southern Bbq And Bistro Dining: Croton-on-Hudson Welcomes the “real deal” to Northern Westchester

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Crave, pine and yearn no more! Memphis Mae’s has opened its doors in Croton-on-Hudson. Memphis Mae’s is the first authentic southern BBQ restaurant in northern Westchester County. But Mae’s is much more than finger lickin’ good BBQ – it is an eclectic delectable collection of down-home comfort food served in a warm bistro-style setting.

Craving cornbread and Carolina pulled pork? Pining away for tender Texas brisket? Yearning for yummy fall-off-the-bone Memphis ribs?

Crave, pine and yearn no more! Memphis Mae’s has opened its doors in Croton-on-Hudson, and as co-owner Jeff Matros puts it, “We are ready for the toughest critics in town, especially those with a discerning BBQ palette.”

This is because Mae’s is the first authentic southern BBQ restaurant in northern Westchester County. But Mae’s is much more than finger lickin’ good BBQ – it is an eclectic delectable collection of down-home comfort food served in a warm bistro-style setting.

Some of Mae’s most popular dishes include Memphis ribs, Texas brisket, Carolina pulled pork, Georgian fried green tomatoes, Mississippi catfish, fried oyster Po’Boys, jalapeño bottlecaps, blueberry cobbler and Mae’s famous “Nana Puddin” (banana pudding!). Mae’s multiple wood smokers operate 24 hours a day to provide fresh smoked foods everyday.

Mae’s is the first collaboration among Andreas Nowara, Jeff Matros, and Karen Ferencz, all long- time Hudson Valley residents.

Andreas is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America who has worked at some of the most prestigious establishments in the NY metro area. He also founded the popular Raccoon Lodge group of saloons in Ny City. After a long and distinguished corporate career, Jeff cut his restaurant teeth in NY City at renowned restaurants such as the Quilted Giraffe and the Brasserie and has managed restaurants and a jazz club in Europe. at the renowned Quilted Giraffe and managed clubs throughout Europe all before a successful 20-year career in the high-flying telecommunications industry – after which settling down in his community and starting a restaurant with friends seemed a logical next step. Karen is best known for having conceived, created, owned and operated Karen’s Kitchen in Cold Spring, NY.

“Having grown up in BBQ country in the Midwest, I’ve been cooking low and slow BBQ for a very long time,” said Andreas. “Mae’s is a dream come true for me. I’m able to combine my BBQ passion with my formal culinary training and experience, and partner with trusted friends to serve my local community.

“Traditional southern BBQ transcends gender, age, race, and socio-economic status,” says co-owner Matros. “You can walk into any good BBQ shack in the south and find a mixture of young and old; wealthy and not so; white, black and everything in between; blue collar and white collar. We created Memphis Mae’s with the idea of taking that classic bit of Americana and tweaking it to Northeastern sensibilities in four distinct ways.”

1)    Instead of a southern roadside BBQ shack, Mae’s has an inviting bistro setting.

2)    The expanded menu features BBQ but also includes a variety of regional down-home American dishes such as Catfish Puppies, Georgian fried green tomatoes, blackened Mississippi catfish, and Texas chicken-fried steak. Smoked Hudson Valley Sausage and Idaho Saddlebags

3)    Mae’s proprietors set out to ensure that the non-meat eating community would also have many interesting, not easy-to-find-elsewhere dishes (e.g. fried green tomatoes, gumbos, salads, and soups and, smoked and grilled veggies.)

4)    Mae’s take out menu and the requisite packaging provide a wide variety of foods designed to withstand the ride home and yet satisfy the palettes of the entire family.

Michael Grant, founder and proprietor of the famous Black Cow coffee house in Croton, adds “It’s great to see Croton becoming an attractive place for restaurateurs. Memphis Mae’s seems to have found just the right combination of accessible food for both dining-in and taking-out. For me personally, it’s a blessing because I thoroughly enjoy real southern BBQ and Mae’s is about as good as you will find anywhere north of the Mason-Dixon line.”

Mae’s is located ½ mile north of the Croton-Harmon train station on Rte 9 in Croton-on-Hudson. It is open for lunch and for dinner everyday except Monday. Mae’s serves wine and beer as well as a wide variety of other beverages. Memphis Mae’s caters a wide variety of events ranging from including office parties to, graduations, confirmations, birthdays, sporting events, concerts, sporting events, and local community events.

Memphis Mae's: About The Owners

Andreas Nowara has served as Executive Chef at the Bird and Bottle Inn in Garrison, Executive Chef at the IBM Executive Briefing Center in Poughkeepsie, NY, and as Sous Chef at the Hudson House in Cold Spring, NY.

Andreas was also the founder and proprietor of the Raccoon Lodge group of saloons in New York City, perennially included in New York Magazine's lists of the top ten saloons in New York. Andreas has also been prominently featured on the Food Network cable TV channel. He has held general manager and wait manager positions throughout the NY Metro area and abroad, including the Brasserie, the Apple Orchard, and Le Paris Bistro

Karen Ferencz opened Karen’s Kitchen – a favorite haunt for artists, musicians, actors, craftsmen and families throughout the Hudson Valley, in (FILL IN).1987. The restaurant “Kitchen” has been was best known for its (FILL IN)combination of wholesome, great tasting casual food served in a country bistro setting and as being a cozy performance venue for musicians, poets and story tellers.

Jeff Matros cultivated his taste for BBQ early on in life. He has dreamed of opening his own eatery in his home community for many years. Although he started out in the food and beverage business as a youth, Jeff has spent the past twenty years in the telecommunications industry where he was ranked as one of the 25 most influential people in telecom for the past ten years and was CEO of a Bell Labs spin-off in the late 1990’s – early 2000's. Matros, who has worked in and out of the restaurant industry, spent most of his career in telecommunications. Throughout his career, he cultivated a taste for BBQ and dreamed of being in the position to finally open his own eatery according to his own exacting standards. Memphis Mae’s is the fulfillment of that dream.


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