A few years back, Parksville was another past-its-prime upstate community where the dining options were few and the art scene non-existent. Once considered the “heart of the Catskills,” downtown Parksville had come to look like a scene from an old Western, minus the tumbleweeds. When Rolling River Cafe opened its doors, it was no doubt the first of its kind in this area—a restaurant with an international menu that doubled as an art gallery and tripled as an inn. Kim and Rob, owners of Rolling River Cafe, managed to infuse great food and a dose of culture into Parksville, a community that is once more hitting its stride.
Inspired by the cuisine they discovered on a trip to Spain, Kim and Rob decided to open this small restaurant in the Catskills. They started with a simple, focused menu, offering tapas made with locally-sourced ingredients: meat and vegetables from nearby organic farms and eggs from hens in their own backyard. As the buzz grew about the new cafe in Parksville, so did their menu. Today, Rolling River Cafe has a lunch and dinner menu best described as eclectic and international. “Rob grew up in the Soviet Union, which combined many cultures, and his cooking reflects that,” says Kim. Dinner may start with chebureki, a pork and beef pie from Uzbekistan, and end with the Rolling River chorizo, served with broccoli in a blue cheese sauce. Or begin with a grilled beet salad with kale and sunflower seeds and end with pan-fried trout with chimichurri sauce. The dining rooms, spread throughout the top and bottom floors of an old Victorian, feature mismatched vintage chairs and tables for a casual, cozy vibe. As the weather warms, the space expands to include an outdoor deck just above the Little Beaverkill River, offering guests a truly bucolic experience.
“What keeps us here is the community spirit and the eclectic mix of interesting people from all walks of life who share a common goal of keeping the Catskills beautiful.”
Kim and Rob continue to pursue new projects and collaborate with other local creatives. “What keeps us here is the community spirit and the eclectic mix of interesting people from all walks of life who share a common goal of keeping the Catskills beautiful,” says Kim. Their next idea is a beer garden highlighting the burgeoning craft beer scene with products from local favorites, including Catskill Brewery. To make room for their new project, the time has come to put Rolling River Cafe on the market.* It will be hard to set their pet project free, but Kim and Rob are ready for the future and confident that a passionate Catskills-lover will be eager to take the reins. Until then, don’t miss the chance to visit Rolling River Cafe while it’s still in the hands of its loving parents.
Rolling River Café Gallery & Inn
Cooley Road, Parksville NY 12768
For purchasing inquiries, contact:
Century 21 Country Realty
Cell: (845) 798-3086