Babe's gets new owner, new name in Utica

Babe’s Macaroni Grill & Bar on Genesee Street in Utica has a new owner, and subsequently will get a new name.

Posted: Jan 9, 2019 2:53 PM
Updated: Jan 9, 2019 6:06 PM

UTICA, N.Y. -- Babe’s Macaroni Grill & Bar on Genesee Street in Utica has a new owner, and subsequently will get a new name.

Mohawk Valley Garden CEO Robert Esche announced that the company has officially closed on the purchase of the restaurant. 

Babes Macaroni Grill & Bar, located at 80 N. Genesee St. in Utica.

The company bought the property and took over operations at the restaurant, and with that comes a new name.

As part of a "modernizing rebrand" the facility will have a new logo, and will be called Babe's at Harbor Point. The new name pays homage to the revitalization project across the street from the business. 

Leadership responsibilities will fall on Jeff Stone, who will manage the operations. The role is familiar to him as he previously managed the restaurant from 1997-2015.

“While I have not been at Babe’s for over four years, I look forward to returning to a place that has both a rich history of good food as well as an infinite amount of potential,” explained Stone in a statement. “Our goal is to restore the great things about Babe’s from the start of the 21st century while also adding and modernizing the facility.”

Babe's will remain open while MVG reorganizes operations, and rebrands the restaurant. Renovations inside and outside the building are set to be completed over the 12-15 months time. 

“Our vision is to make Babe’s at Harbor Point the best affordable restaurant for families, the local community, and out-of-towners in the region,” said Esche in a statement. “We will build the Babe’s name back up to be synonymous with quality food, affordability, cleanliness, and a fun atmosphere. We also want our city of Utica and entirety of the Mohawk Valley to be proud when everything is complete.”

The company says that customers can expect to see minor menu changes in the coming weeks. 

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