New restaurant spices up landmark hotel

GREENE – After sitting vacant for more than a year, the Sherwood Hotel is thriving once more. Spicing up the historic establishment is the Latin flavor of its new restaurant, Margarita’s at the Sherwood.

Owned and operated by restauranteur Jorge Velazquez, Margarita’s specializes in traditional recipes and signature dishes made with fresh ingredients.

“Everything is fresh,” Velazquez said, explaining that meats are cut on the premises and everything, including salsa and guacamole, is prepared on site. “It makes a difference.”

In addition to the more traditional fare and Margarita’s specialties on the menu, are more typical American cuisine under the “Red, White and Blue” heading. Velazquez explained that this is in deference to area residents who haven’t tried Mexican food before. He has even kept some items which previously appeared on the Sherwood’s menu. With a Margarita’s twist, of course.

“The key is to bring people in. ... If they like what they have the first time, eventually they are going to trust you to try something else,” the restaurant owner explained.

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