Boni Edwards explains the renovation of Boni’s Bistro & Pub in Port Henry. The restaurant has a new look and a new manager.
Boni’s Bistro & Pub is celebrating its fourth anniversary by making some major changes.
“If you don’t keep reinventing yourself you become stagnant,” said Boni Edwards, owner of the Port Henry restaurant. “You need to listen to your customers and make the changes they’d like. I listened; we’ve made changes.”
Located at at 4264 Main St., Boni’s Bistro & Pub has been renovated to separate the pub and dining areas. There’s a new decor and new menu, although Edwards promises all the favorite dishes remain available.
“We decided we needed a different environment,” Edwards said. “The pub is a relaxed, casual atmosphere designed for conversation. The dining room is more formal.”
Boni’s is open Thursday and Friday 4 p.m. to closing and Saturday and Sunday 2 p.m. to closing. Pub fare is always available. Dinner is served in the dining room 4 to 9 p.m.
The pub fare includes chicken wings, nachos, burgers, wraps and more. Dinner includes hand-cut steaks, seafood and pasta. People can call 546-9911 for information.
And there’s another change. Edwards, who has run the restaurant and pub since its opening, has hired a manager to handle the day-to-day duties. Edwards declined to name the new manager.
“I want people to come in and meet her,” Edwards said of the new staff member. “She’s an absolutely wonderful girl. She has 10-12 years experience in the business. She’s smart, very personable and knows management.”
With a manager in place, Edwards will now concentrate on marketing the business, which includes a banquet room that can seat 170 people.
“I think we can do a lot more, especially with the banquet room,” Edwards said. “We’ve had some bigger events there, but I think we can do much, much more.”
Early reviews of the revised Boni’s Bistro & Pub have been positive, Edwards said.
“The pub is like a sports bar with TVs and an open area for socialization,” she said. “The idea is for people to be comfortable while they enjoy good food, good friends and good conversation. There are now 30 fewer seats in the pub, but I think it’s a better atmosphere.
“And we still have a family dining experience available in the dining room,” she added.
At the request of patrons, Edwards said karaoke will return in Friday and Saturday nights in the pub.
The Port Henry area offers people many good restaurant choices, Edwards noted.
“The pie is big enough for all of us; I don’t feel that we’re in competition,” she said. “You just have to find your niche. I think we’ve found our’s.”