Inside: Beacon Falls Cafe
Bob Nevelus, chef and owner of the Beacon Falls Cafe, was born and raised in the Hudson Valley. He grew up in Sleepy Hollow and spent 20 years on the town's police force before attending the C.I.A. in Hyde Park.
During the two years of culinary school, Nevelus was still working as a police officer, attending class during the day and working at night. "I didn't miss one class or one day of work," he says. "I don't regret it. Those were probably some of the greatest years of my life."
Nevelus has been running the Beacon Falls Cafe with his wife, Linda, since 2008.
The dishes at Beacon Falls Cafe are simple crowd-pleasers with a bit of a twist, like the grown-up macaroni and cheese, which is made with gnocchi and comes in a truffle three-cheese sauce with bacon. Weekend breakfasts are busy, and the restaurant is due to get its liquor license any day now, which means American wine and local microbrews on draft.
Here is a look inside the Dutchess county eatery.