Restaurants play musical chairs downtown


HEY Cafe owners John Cary (left) and Kevin LaPack opened for business Thursday at the restaurant's new location at 16 N. State St. in downtown Greenfield. (Jim Mayfield/Daily Reporter)

GREENFIELD — Once again, a State Street storefront in Greenfield is home to a new downtown eatery as HEY Cafe opened its doors on Dec. 31.

The cafe previously was at Riley Park Plaza at the corner of Main and Apple Streets; however, when the site of the former New York Little Italy Pizza became available in late 2013, John Cary and Kevin LaPack, the men behind the operation, jumped at the chance to be a bit closer to downtown clientele.

New York Little Italy Pizza revitalized the space after a nearly year-long vacancy, when they began baking pizzas there again in March; however, business volume and traffic became problematic.

Cary and LaPack said they are banking on an increase in traffic with a location centered in the business district and essentially across the street from the courthouse.

In addition to increased foot traffic into the dining room, Cary said the new location’s proximity to other downtown business will make it easier to deliver to lunchtime customers.

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