Photo takent on Thursday, Feb 6, 2014 by Tina Russell / Observer-Dispatch
Nearly 20 years after they opened up their first pastry shop on Culver Avenue in Utica, brothers Dean and Jason Nole once again are working side-by-side creating culinary delights in their own unique ways at Café CaNole bakery and restaurant.
It's funny how history seems to repeat itself.
Nearly 20 years after they opened up their first pastry shop on Culver Avenue in Utica, Dean and Jason Nole once again are working side-by-side creating culinary delights in their own unique ways at Café CaNole bakery and restaurant.
While partners in everything they do, the brothers had been working separately since the closing of the original Café CaNole in 2009, with 38-year-old Jason focusing on fine dining at Ancora! in Utica, and 43-year-old Dean maintaining the baking arm of the operation through a partnership with DeIorio's Bakery.
With the sale of Ancora! to a former employee completed about a week ago, the duo is now back together at Café CaNole's newly renovated Campion Road location that Dean has been running for the past five years.
"It's like old times again," said Jason, who after an eight-year run at Ancora! now focuses on Café CaNole's newly revamped lunch and dinner menu. "Combining forces on a day-to-day basis is going to make everything we do that much stronger."
Dean said the duo chose to sell Ancora! and focus on Café CaNole in part because they wanted to consolidate their skills to capitalize off of the area's increasing demand for interesting and experimental fare.
The move also allows for the Whitesboro natives to direct more energy toward their effort to mass produce some of their signature items, such as the greens they distribute regionally through Casa Imports.
"We've had some meetings with Costco and Krispy Kreme about trying to get our baked goods distributed as well," said Dean, who continues his role of baking an array of Italian pastries at the restaurant. "We're trying to take everything we do to the next level and are really excited about it."
It appears that excitement has spilled over to the brothers' loyal customer base as well.
Veronica Aldi was part of Thursday's large lunch crowd at Café CaNole. The New Hartford woman has been a supporter of all the Noles' ventures over the years and is very pleased with the current restaurant's new look and offerings.
"The atmosphere is really great, and the food is so gourmet," said Aldi, who ordered her daughter's wedding cake from the restaurant a few years back. "Everything they have ever done is different and amazing, and I'm sure that will continue on."