OSWEGO, NY – La Parrilla is on the move.
The restaurant opened in February of 2010 at 118 W. Second St., Oswego, and has been offering patrons with the area’s finest Mediterranean cuisine.
In early June, La Parrilla will open in a larger building just about a block north of its current location.
“The new place, at 156 W. Second St., near the movie theater, will provide us with more space for our customers, greater ambiance and an enhanced wine list,” said owner and chef Ray Jock. “We are going to open for lunch (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.) and then our regular hours from 4 to 9 p.m. and then on weekends (Friday and Saturday) 9 p.m.to midnight with live music inside and a special bar menu.”
The new location will also offer a “private room for special events,” Chef Jock said.
It’s available for small receptions (they have five already booked for June), baby showers, sweet 16 parties and other events.
The old fire station at 156 W. Second St. is nearly twice the size of the curent location and will also offer expanded outdoor dining for a true New York-style experience, Chef Jock said.
“The main dinning room will seat about 32, with the bar. We’ll have at least a dozen people out on the sidewalk during the summer. We’ll have an open kitchen, so you can sit at the bar, look through, and watch the cooks working,” he said.
They are also “bumping up our grapes,” he added.
“We are going to have about 70 bottles of different wines; a lot of local. You can get them any way you want it. A lot of restaurants force you to buy this bottle by the bottle or this one by the glass. If you see it on (our bar), we’ll do a two-ounce pour, a five-ounce pour or by the bottle,” he explained. “We’re going to have grapes from all over the world.”
The new location will offer a lot more public parking, he added.
“We’re still going to do the same style food. We change our menu daily. The late-night menu will consist of fun things like wings and fish tacos,” he said.
The lunch menu will be geared for the person who is on lunch break.
“I hate going into a place when you’re in a hurry and it takes 20 minutes just to get an order in. We’re going to be five minutes, you’re in and out, good food fast. We’re going to deliver as well. We are looking to open June 3.”
Chef Jock, an Oswego native, grew up delivering pizzas in the Port City before his love of food lead him to culinary school in Florida.
Later, he was employed by some of New York City’s richest and most influential families.
However, after 20 years away from home, he decided to return to Oswego and start his own business.
“La Parrilla, a Mediterranean Bistro, has been a dream of mine since my youth,” he told Oswego County Today in 2009. “I didn’t ‘decide’ to move back; I always knew that I would eventually move back here to my hometown. I am excited at the opportunity to give back to the community I grew up in with the knowledge and experience I have learned over the last 20 years.”
“The name La Parrilla comes from Argentinean styled grilled pizzas. But, I would like to stress that La Parrilla is not a pizzeria; it’s more of a Mediterranean bistro,” Chef Jock explained.
La Parrilla’s menu includes such fare as Delmonico steaks (all choice local – Bosco’s), fish tacos, in-house smoked salmon, mussels in tequila, empanadas, grilled pizza and much mores; all built on Oswego’s abundant natural resources, the chef said.