He added, the restaurant is hoping to partner with The Colonial and Dos Rios to launch a new midweek dinner menu in the near future. Citrea chipped in with a Buongiorno pizza dish. “We’re getting people who are fans of one restaurant that are now being introduced to another restaurant, and it’s a way to build this downtown community of restaurants,” Pisculli said. The chef was just happy to be able to join together with other local businesses. Each restaurant came up with items for people to purchase: The Shop had two cold brew coffees and two Nutella crepes. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — Just because restaurants in New York are closed off to sit-down meals, doesn’t mean they aren’t offering the fine dining experience. Pisculli said Social received close to 40 orders for the brunch, which was available through both pick-up and delivery. Social on State teamed up with The Shop and Citrea to create a brunch experience for customers looking to eat meals featured at the restaurants. Pisculli also said orange juice and champagne was available for people to order to make mimosas. Social offered a frittata with spinach, potato and cheese, and avocado toast. “The concept was to team up with some other local restaurants and kind of do a group takeout, as if you were going downtown to a bunch of restaurants or hanging out downtown, but we’re taking it back home to you,” said chef and co-owner of Social on State Jay Pisculli. The joint brunch cost $75. For more coronavirus coverage, click here.
(WBNG) — The city of Binghamton has received the “ok” from the United States Department of Housing and Urban to start spending its relief funds. According to Binghamton Mayor Rich David, the homeless and low-income families will be prioritized along with nonprofits and businesses that help provide jobs to residents. $211,250 in non-profit and $211,250 for small business for direct rent, utility and overhead assistance is available for application as of July 17. Mayor David says the remaining funds will be used for COVID-19 testing. The deadline to apply is Aug. 7 at 4 p.m. Other relief programs will be made available in mid-August, including: The $1.5 million will go toward Binghamton residents who were affected by the pandemic. $490,993 — Homelessness Prevention$250,000 — Rental / Utility Assistance$250,000 — Mortgage Assistance$86,147 — Coordinated Entry and Homeless Management Information Systems (HMIS)$41,764 — Homeless Street Outreach$16,000 — Homeless Shelter Sanitation