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Joshua Thomas
Inside the new Grandma's Kitchen, 80 Erie Blvd., Canajoharie.

Joshua Thomas
Grandma's Kitchen, 80 Erie Blvd., Canajoharie, is open daily for breakfast and lunch.

Joshua Thomas
Inside the new Grandma's Kitchen, 80 Erie Blvd., Canajoharie.

Joshua Thomas
Grandma's Kitchen has home made candy and baked goods everyday.

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Grandma's Kitchen expands into new location

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - Updated: 9:51 AM

By JOSHUA THOMAS

C-S-E Editor

CANAJOHARIE -- Grandma's Kitchen, a family-owned and operated restaurant specializing in homemade baked goods, breakfast and lunch items, which became a mainstay in St. Johnsville, operating there on Main St. for the past 3 1/2 years, has moved to Canajoharie.

Grandma's Kitchen, at 80 Erie Boulevard, took the opportunity to move into a larger facility, as Co-Owner Robert Murray stated, "it was a better opportunity." The village location is outfitted with better equipment, more space, and "most importantly, a parking lot." As the business was on St. Johnsville's Main St. before, there was rarely parking available, especially during large, village-wide events.

The business serves a full breakfast and lunch menu every day, with changing specials. On weekends, Murray said Grandma's Kitchen will serve corned beef hash and breakfast burrito specials, though the burrito is a constant menu item. Along with breakfast staples like eggs and pancakes, Grandma's Kitchen also serves sausage gravy and biscuits on an near-daily basis.

While people traditionally begin ordering lunch items around 10:30-11 a.m., Murray said customers can get lunch items "anytime they want." Breakfast is also served all day.

"As long as they're happy," he said.

There are homemade soups everyday. The shifting roster includes Manhattan and New England clam chowders, chili and turkey-rice. Special lunch items have included pulled pork, smoked pork loin, barbecue chicken, sausage with peppers and onions, and uniquely, a chicken Alfredo lasagna, utilizing sauteed chicken and Murray's homemade Alfredo sauce, with fresh spinach, between layers of noodles.

Murray's mother and Co-Owner Gail also makes a plethora of baked goods on a daily basis, including muffins, fudge, cheesecakes, pies (by the slice or whole), breads, and specialty items, including a Mountain Dew bread (a lemon bread utilizing the soda as a key ingredient). Gail also prepares homemade candy and sugar-free items. Murray said she'll make anything sugar-free upon request.

There is also a vast selection of homemade jams for sale, prepared by one of Murray's family members.

In discussing the ways Grandma's Kitchen has grown over the years, including the restaurant's physical expansion into a larger space and the expansion of their breakfast and lunch menu, Murray said "I've also been building up the catering business that we have," for which he is currently having a smoker constructed.

The clientele has also expanded since the move, and Murray said Canajoharie customers have treated the business kindly, as have 10-15 St. Johnsville regulars, who now frequently drive to Canajoharie to support Grandma's Kitchen.

Currently, Grandma's Kitchen is open everyday from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m., though Murray said plans are forthcoming to open the restaurant on select weekend days for dinner.

To contact Grandma's Kitchen, call (518) 673-0195.

Joshua Thomas - A selection of the homemade, family-created jams at Grandma's Kitchen.

Joshua Thomas - Grandma's Kitchen, 80 Erie Blvd., Canajoharie, is open daily for breakfast and lunch.

Joshua Thomas - Co-Owner and chef at Grandma's Kitchen, Robert Murray.

     

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