How to Make Pumpkin Mac and Cheese
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After almost two years, Mix N Mac has closed the doors of its Dutchess County restaurant.
But, its owners say they plan to expand offers at its Orange County spot and are considering reaching new customers through a mail-order option.
The closure of the Route 9 restaurant was announced via its Facebook page on October 17. The restaurant opened in early 2021, after Michele and Jason Whipland, the husband and wife duo that own Mix N Mac, signed a lease for the Wappingers Falls space in 2018.
“Our time at Wappingers has been positive. The reason for that is that everything has kind of changed with us, just like with the rest of the world,” Michele Whipland said. “I know we’re closing the door, but it’s been a success, as far as this trip goes. There was so much hype for us and we’re so glad we did it and had this opportunity. “
Now the husband and wife team is focusing on their original restaurant in Middletown. They “return to our roots”, said Michele Whipland.
“Sometimes you almost take a step back to move forward and you have to realize what your new goal is and we want to keep elaborating on what we’re doing,” she said. “Both places have been wonderful, but there’s not much you can do when you’re pulled in so many directions. I think that’s a very positive thing.”
280 Route 211, East Middletown Mix N Mac, which recently celebrated its 11th anniversary, will remain open with more menu options, including their recently introduced mac and cheese sandwiches that use mac and cheese as the patty, as well as cheesecakes and more specials than they used to have.
“We realized it was really becoming a staple in the community,” said Whipland, whose husband competed on Food Network’s “Chopped: Comfort Food Feud” in 2020. “We are happy to be here and to have such loyal guests, they come from everywhere.”
One of these new expansions and goals is also to ship the restaurant’s mac and cheese nationwide. Although not yet available, Michele Whipland advises clients to keep an eye on their business pages online and on social media during the holidays for any updates.
Heather Clark covers Mid Hudson Valley cuisine and restaurants for the Poughkeepsie Journal and the Middletown Times Herald-Record. Contact her at email@example.com.