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Twenty-Five Years Strong: Hudson's Ribs and Fish

Tuesday, August 19, 2014   (0 Comments)
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Hudson Rib’s and Fish celebrate their 25th Anniversary with a ribbon cutting.
Photo Courtesy of Hudson Rib's and Fish.

Twenty-five years ago Hudson's Ribs and Fish wasn't posting mouthwatering photos on Facebook. But they were serving their mouthwatering popovers with homemade strawberry butter. It's this balance of keeping things fresh while staying true to their roots that have helped the restaurant thrive for twenty-five years, according to the owners, husband and wife Sam and Regina Bei.


"It's changed dramatically since opening twenty-five years ago. It's crazy," said Regina. "Probably the most challenging thing that we met at some point was, as the area grew, of course, it increased in population, but we experienced a lot of these big chains coming in, which were not here when we first opened. That's where I think the Restaurant Association played such a big role. Small independents like us being able to get affordable workers compensation and [answers to] any questions that we would have. It really doesn't matter the size of your business, the resources are there for you when you're part of the Association. That's definitely been something we've taken advantage of." In addition to workers compensation health and disability programs, Hudson's Ribs and Fish is part of the Association's dental program.


Connecting to and being part of the community also helps bring locales in and keeps them coming back. We've done a lot of work with the Hudson Valley Food Bank over the years, said Regina. The slow-cooked prime rib, baby back ribs, and their famous seafood keep locales coming back too. Not to mention those popovers. A recent popover photo Hudson's Ribs and Fish posted on the restaurant's Facebook page received over 400 likes.


"It's definitely a very local clientele," said Regina. "The bulk of what has sustained us for twenty-five years is the loyalty of so many locals and regulars that come here. I can remember doing Christenings for people, and they already have babies, and now they come here with their families. It's kind of like a Hudson Valley institution."


During the official twenty-fifth anniversary ribbon cutting and celebration in May, regular diners, city officials, and Melissa Autilio Fleischut, New York State Restaurant Association president and CEO, were on hand.

"The New York State Restaurant Association is dedicated to helping restaurateurs succeed.  Many restaurants don't make it to the twenty-fifth-year anniversary, so obviously, Hudson's Ribs and Fish has found success," said Fleischut. "I am honored to be here and to think that the Association has helped you in even a small way to be successful."


"It was more than a small way," replied Regina.


"Some people think the restaurant business is easy, and you just open up a place and sell food," said Sam. "It's not that easy and any help you can get is well worth it. And the New York State Restaurant Association has a lot of people there that know the business. And that's what you need."


Anyone hoping to thrive for as long as Hudson's Rib and Fish should join the New York State Restaurant Association, said Sam. "I would recommend it anytime."


Hudson Ribs and Fish has been a NYS Restaurant Association member for 24 of their 25 years in business.

Pictured from Left to Right: Karolina Bei, Regina Bei, Sam Bei, Dutchess County Chamber of Commerce President, Charlie North.
Photo Courtesy of Hudson Rib's and Fish.

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