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Harrison Resident Opens Westchester’s Newest Catering Venue and Restaurant in Briarcliff Manor

May 12, 2015 — Renowned Westchester caterer Perry DiNapoli of the DiNapoli Restaurant Group and former owner of Antonees on Broadway has a new location to take claim to and call home. His latest venture, The Briarcliff Manor featuring Antipasti di Napoli Trattoria & Bar opened its infamous doors last week to guests who enjoyed the splendor of the Hudson River Valley at this newest dining destination. Filled with old world charm and turn of the century architecture, the atmosphere at The Briarcliff Manor and Antipasti di Napoli is one of a kind. With two locations in one guests are treated to a private mansion for any catered affair and a unique dining experience with cuisine created from fresh and local ingredients, all served with sweeping views of the Hudson River.

The romantic mansion on the hill built in 1902, formerly the Haymount House, will be sure to create many lasting memories for residents of Westchester and their families. The Briarcliff Manor, which is rumored to have inspired the Tara Estate depicted in the iconic film Gone With the Wind, is now a full service banquet and catering venue for weddings, bridal showers, corporate gatherings or special occasions of any kind. The venue, which can accommodate up to 300 guests, is focusing on offering the residents of Westchester affordable elegance for one of kind events. With year round breath taking views of the Hudson River and serene walking grounds the venue offers the perfect setting for any special event.

In addition to the catering venue at The Briarcliff Manor, DiNapoli is introducing Antipasti di Napoli Trattoria & Bar, a unique dining option for customers to enjoy and menu items that incorporate distinct flavors from the various regions of Italy. With a new twist on small bite Italian cuisine, the Trattoria style restaurant is perfect to entertain colleagues after work, dine with friends, or enjoy sunset cocktails. The restaurant will soon feature an Antipasto Bar giving customers a buffet style selection of small bites and the finest in Italian meats and vegetables.
DiNapoli brings to the table over 25 years’ experience in the restaurant and catering industry and together with his dynamic team offers his guests personalized attention and service. From his first job as a waiter in a small restaurant years ago, to today with this latest culinary venture, DiNapoli’s passion and unparalleled people skills continually leave a lasting impression with all his customers and the community he serves.

Under the direction of Jamie Lutz, Director of Operations for The Briarcliff Manor, the staff works collaboratively to personally bring top notch service to every guest. In her role, Lutz oversees the day to day restaurant operations as well as all catering functions. No job is too small for the Mahopac resident with 20 years in the restaurant industry including roles as general manager for some local hot spots as well as serving as a Show Grill Chef in Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. Also joining the team is award winning event planner Maura Bohan, a resident of Briarcliff Manor who brings a wealth of knowledge and her savvy approach to planning every affair. As owner of Maura Bohan Events, Bohan and her team were the event planner of choice for many top New York venues and earned the 2010 Best of Weddings Pick distinction by the popular magazine The Knot. As Event Sales Associate at The Briarcliff Manor, Bohan will ensure every event big or small receives her hands-on personal touch.

The Briarcliff Manor will be hosting grand opening events in early June where local residents, businesses, town employees and dignitaries will be treated to food sampling, complimentary beverages and live entertainment. DiNapoli feels strongly about his involvement in the local community and is planning fun-filled events throughout the year. “Giving back to the place where my business is rooted has always been important to me and something I take to heart,” said DiNapoli. “The community members and neighbors make up my customer base and I plan to show my appreciation and support through these ongoing special events.”

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Our Building: In the early 1900’s, a Wall Street financier named William Fuller decided to build a country estate on an expanse of property that spanned from the water line of the Hudson River to the top of a beautiful hill in Briarcliff Manor, NY. The estate would be his home for retirement—a place where he would devote his time to family, farming, and elegant country living. He named the estate “Haymount” after the town in North Carolina where he was born.

Over the years, Haymount enjoyed a colorful history. The estate was profiled in a variety of architectural magazines, portrayed “Tara” in scenes from the American classic, “Gone with the Wind,” and was even home to a Dutch industrialist named Bernard Van Leer who lived on the property with members (both human and animal!) of the Holland Classical Circus. A fire famously occurred near the stables where Van Leer kept four world-famous elephants. The elephants survived … but the east wing of Haymount did not! The west wing was later torn down to retain symmetry.

Fast forward to today. After fifty years as a French restaurant, and quite a few years in disrepair, Haymount — which we now like to call “The Briarcliff Manor” — has been restored to her original splendor. In our restorations, we made sure to allow the original architectural details like marble fireplaces and wrought iron doors to speak for themselves and flow seamlessly into our classic yet modern design.