By Rod Lee
If the work Founder and Chef Elaine Pusateri Cowan and her large family have put into readying UXLocale is any indication, the Blackstone Valley’s newest culinary destination is going to be a success.
As David Kmetz points out in a press release he prepared for her, Chef Elaine and a large contingent of relatives—“moms, uncles, aunts, all pushing 80 I might add, brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews, friends and colleagues” have “all pitched in” for months of intense designing, building, refurbishing and painting to get “spiffy yet rustic digs” atop West Hartford Avenue in shape for a grand opening in the next few weeks.
Chef Elaine’s husband Charles Cowan III, her son Charles IV and daughter Antonia have been mainstays in preparing UXLocale for its unveiling. The ice-cream window is already open.
All of the dishes at UXLocale will be made from scratch for a wide-ranging menu (small bites, salads, red and white pizza from a custom 900-degree oven, pasta, pasta del mare) that reflects Chef Elaine’s training from childhood in industrial kitchen service, an Italian deli and various restaurants. “Slow, peasant fare,” she says, “a fun mix.”
Asked about her background on July 14th, while continuing renovations that have included a “scrubbing of everything from ceiling to floor,” the creation of countertops and “a lovely terrace that overlooks fields and farms,” she said “I’m a social worker-turned-educator-turned…” well, restaurateur!
“This is bigger than a restaurant, it’s a dream, and it’s contagious,” she told Mr. Kmetz. “It’s breathtaking up here on the Hill. So come for the food, and the ice cream, stay and watch the sunset, listen to the birds and watch the blue heron fly over at dusk.” Future plans, she said, are to roll out live music, wine, a garden and a beer garden.” Maybe a bocce court. She wants patrons to “relax and make yourself at home.”
In addition to what is happening creatively in the kitchen, UXLocale will display local artists’ work including that of Food Photographer Donna DuFault, Comic Art/Illustrator Veronica Fish and others in a rotating schedule.
The name chosen for the business reflects Ms. Cowan’s intention to “source” almost everything from within a few miles of the restaurant in order to present “creative, delicious and health-conscious” fare. She will be sourcing local farms including Ledgewood and Foppema’s, A&P Fish, Richardson’s Ice Cream—for instance.
“I want it to be the spot,” she told Blackstone Valley Xpress.
Summer hours are 2-9 Tuesday to Sunday. Come fall and winter a brunch will be offered on Sundays from 11-2.
Contact Rod Lee at [email protected] or 774-232-2999.