Watertown restaurant reborn as Cocoa Cafe


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The former Chocolate Cottage will open under a new name, but serve the same decadent desserts.

The restaurant, at 527 Coffeen St., is now called Cocoa Cafe and likely will reopen Wednesday or Thursday.

Amy L. Rivera, sister of former owner Suzanne M. Cavallario, bought the establishment and plans to keep it much the same.

"I will be going along on the same premise as they were before," Mrs. Rivera said. "It proved to be pretty successful."

Besides adding a few lunch items, she said, the options for desserts, truffles and other candies by the pound as well as gift boxes will be the same. She is applying for a wine and beer license so the restaurant can again host wine tastings and serve dessert wine with imported Italian gelato or chocolate mousse cake.

Mrs. Rivera said she will focus on New York state products for items such as goat cheese and wine.

"There are a lot of great local cheeses," she said.

Mrs. Rivera started in food service about 25 years ago in the old Casa de Pasta and River House Restaurant, the family restaurants in Alexandria Bay. She earned a degree in restaurant management and culinary arts from Jefferson Community College.

"The baked goods will be freshly baked here and the lunch items made here," she said.

Chocolate Cottage closed in February when Mrs. Cavallario filed a state Supreme Court petition at the Jefferson County clerk's office asking that a judge order the dissolution of Choco Cottage LLC, the limited liability company under which the business was operated by her and business partner Mary Ellen Moglia.

Mrs. Cavallario will continue to operate the Chocolate Cottage, now known as Chocolates, in Alexandria Bay. That location is open seasonally.

Mrs. Rivera said gift certificates for Chocolate Cottage will be honored at either location.

After the soft opening next week, Mrs. Rivera said, there will be a grand opening for Cocoa Cafe, probably May 20.

The hours will be 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and noon to 6 p.m. Sundays. It will be closed Tuesdays.