WATERFORD, NY – The Village of Waterford business community recently celebrated some ribbon cutting for the grand opening of Ze Cuisine & Cafe and a change of ownership at Irresistible Nutrition.
The two Broad Street businesses marked their milestones with the Capital Region Chamber of Commerce, as well as state and local government officials and community supporters.
Located at 53 Broad St., Irresistible Nutrition is a nutrition club serving healthy protein-rich shakes and energizing teas. The business changed hands in February and is now owned and operated by new entrepreneurs Timothy Van Sleet and fiancée Candace Rockefeller.
Van Sleet, from Rensselaer County, said his ultimate goal for this new venture was to be successful and open more locations in the area.
For now, “We want to be in the community,” Van Sleet said at the groundbreaking ceremony, voicing his inventions for the company to be actively involved in the neighborhood.
A few doors down, another local couple were celebrating the opening of their first Ze Cuisine & Cafe restaurant. Located at 49 Broad St., this restaurant offers American Mediterranean cuisine including hummus, falafel, gyro, and kabob, as well as burgers, burritos, and breakfast. Since its opening in 2021, it has gained many regular customers.
Fouad Harajim, who opened the cafe with his wife and restaurant chef Zeineb Lefrouji, said opening the business is a dream come true for the duo. “My wife has a great passion for food. She loves to cook and she’s a great cook,” said Harajim, noting that the restaurant uses fresh ingredients sourced from local vendors in all of its recipes.
Both companies were greeted and congratulated during their ribbon cutting by Senator Daphne Jordan, John McDonald MP, representatives from the Village and City of Waterford and representatives from the Capital Region Chamber of Commerce, who all expressed their best wishes to the new business owners.
Ze Cuisine & Cafe’s hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. From Wednesday to Saturday and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday on site or to take away. Catering is also available.
More information about Ze Cuisine & Cafe is available at zecuisineandcafe.com, where customers can place an order online or by calling (518) 326-2476.
Irresistible Nutrition is open seven days a week, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends.
Additional details about Irresistible Nutrition can be found online at www.facebook.com/irresistiblenutrition or by calling 518-326-0373.