Adding New Ingredients and a Dash of Cosmopolitan to a Perennial Saratoga Favorite
Wheatfields Restaurant & Bar, 440 Broadway downtown Saratoga Springs, NY has been preparing and serving fresh-made pasta dishes since 1988. After 21 years of making fresh pasta in one location, owners Tim & Colleen Holmes ventured out to Clifton Park New York with Wheatfields Bistro & Wine bar. Wheatfields continues to make close to twenty shapes and flavors of pasta daily. Our menu offers a wide variety of vegetarian, beef, seafood, chicken and signature dishes.
In addition to the superior lunch and dinner service we offer year round, Wheatfields is also pleased to cater events. We are proud to offer a distinguished wine list and full bar, along with coffee, cappuccino, and espresso in both locations.
It is always a pleasure to welcome new people, and a pleasure to thank those who come back again and again. We look forward to seeing you more often.
An “Evolved” Concept
Today, Wheatfields Restaurant and Bar is a thriving cornerstone in Saratoga Springs’ exciting hospitality scene, serving local farm-to-table produce, hand-cut steaks and a selection of wines that has garnered recognition from Wine Spectator for five years running. Add to this a relaxed, yet elegant atmosphere that offers the city’s best views on Broadway.
However, when restaurant-industry veterans Tim and Colleen Holmes bought The Wheat Fields in 2004, it was a much smaller venue, occupying less than half the space it does today. Having developed a loyal following of fans who loved the unique homemade pasta, the restaurant’s former owners had been content to continue operating just as the Loiancono family began in 1988: with a singular focus on pasta.
“Great pasta everyone loves, one of the most accessible locations in Saratoga, and a loyal following was what attracted us to Wheatfield’s in the first place,” said proprietor Tim Holmes. “With these assets to build upon, we viewed this place as having tremendous potential to be a major player in Saratoga’s robust restaurant scene.
The Next Level
To make this happen, the Holmes’ invested more than $1 million into taking The Wheat Fields to the next level. They doubled their space, upgraded the kitchen, diversified the menu, built an expansive new bar/lounge area and focused on adding top quality culinary talent to their food and beverage team. They transformed The Wheat Fields into Wheatfields Restaurant and Bar.
Having both worked for major restaurant groups in cities such as Boston and Chicago, they were experienced in what it takes to deliver high quality, consistent fare and service that make people keep coming back for more. They developed a proprietary quality training program for kitchen and house staff and have invested significantly in advanced sommelier and mixologist training for bar personnel.
“We believe strongly that the two primary factors in a great restaurant experience are the quality of the fare and the quality of the service,” said Colleen Holmes. “We don’t skimp on either.”
Wheatfields Restaurant and Bar has evolved into one of the major success stories of the Saratoga region. Even during tough economic times, the restaurant attained record sales with a burgeoning local following and a vibe that attracts new visitors every day.
The success of Wheatfields prompted the Holmes to launch a second venue in nearby Clifton Park dubbed Wheatfields Bistro and Wine Bar in 2009. With the same dedication to taste, quality and service, Wheatfield’s Bistro and Wine Bar has become another “go to” lounge and restaurant within New York’s Capital Region. September 20th 2014, marked the launch of the couples newest concept, BWP which stands for Beer Wine and Pizza. www.beerwinepizza.com. And December 15th, 2015 will be the opening of 2 West BAr & Grilled and 2 West Express. See the company’s webiste for details www.WOWrestaurantsInc.com
We invite you to join us for lunch or dinner seven-days-a-week and watch for more as we continue to grow.
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