Old Stewart’s Shop reduced to rubble, making way for new restaurant

The Enterprise — Melissa Hale-Spencer

In one fell swoop, half of the mansard roof is ripped off the former Stewart’s Shop in Voorheesville on Monday.

VOORHEESVILLE — On Monday, the long-closed Voorheesville Stewart’s Shop was torn down.

The property at 42 South Main St. in the village has been bought, along with surrounding properties, by various limited-liability companies associated with Ed Mitzen.

“We’re going to try to figure out some really kind of cohesive, comprehensive plan for redeveloping this part of the community,” Mitzen told a crowd of villagers in October. They had assembled to share their ideas on what kind of restaurant they might like in Voorheesville.

Mitzen, who graduated from Voorheesville’s high school, went on to a successful career in the healthcare-marketing industry. Last year, he founded a not-for-profit called Business for Good, which buys up businesses, often restaurants, pays the workers well, and gives any profits to charity.

Business for Good is aiming to open a new Voorheesville restaurant by the end of 2022.

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