Syracuse’s Recess Coffee opening Tipp Hill cafe plus Westcott deli

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Syracuse’s Recess Coffee is showing no signs of slowing down its growth around the City.

Work will be starting soon on their fourth cafe, as well as a new delicatessen.

It was only 2007 when Recess co-founders Jesse Daino and Adam Williams opened their flagship cafe in the heart of the Westcott neighborhood on Harvard Place.

In 2015, Recess Coffee expanded with a second location in the Historic Courier Building in Downtown Syracuse, located next to City Hall.

More recently, Recess Coffee opened a third location at the New York State Fairgrounds for large events there and the entire run of the State Fair.

Williams tells NewsChannel 9, “We’ve been fortunate to have customers and staff and people behind us to get us to that level, but it’s an ever growing, ever learning process.”

Now the Recess team is working on opening its fourth location at the corner of Milton Avenue and Ulster Street on Tipperary Hill.

“The neighborhood is where we started and we like that vibe so it’s going to play into that,” Williams says.

He says think an adapted version of the original coffee shop, same charm but larger seating areas and other fresh features.

The goal is to be open with the Tipp Hill cafe in the later half of the year.

It’s the first undertaking where Recess has done an entire build out from scratch.

It’s not totally from scratch but Williams and his team are branching out with a deli in the Westcott neighborhood, just down from their cafe.

Tere Martini is a co-owner of Cure Delicatessen and Provisions.  “We love doing the small menu that we’re doing at the cafes but we were always thinking of something a little different, a little bigger and this was just a great opportunity to move into that.”

They are about to start transforming the old Picasso’s Bakery on Westcott Street into the new Cure Delicatessen and Provisions.

“Couple staple items, specialty items, so we’re really excited.  We’ll have housemade pastrami, housemade condiments, and kind of do a spin on your typical New York deli.”

The goal is to open the deli by fall.  They have worked out some of the permitting issues that prevented customers of the previous owner from dining in.

Recess Coffee currently employs about 45 people and expects to hire at least 20 more in the next few months.  

The company was just recently awarded a 2019 Small Business Excellence Award from the US Small Business Administration.

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