Tuesday, 28 February 2023 11:54

Meet Greg France, Owner of Crumb, Oswego’s Newest Restaurant

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Mayor Barlow (left) and Greg France (right) at Grand Opening of Crumb Mayor Barlow (left) and Greg France (right) at Grand Opening of Crumb Mark McManus for iHeartOswego.com photo

A new breakfast and lunch option has opened recently in downtown Oswego.

Crumb is the new venture, and it is located inside The Coffee Connection at 156 West 2nd Street.

Proprietor Greg France is utilizing the kitchen formerly used by La Parilla, the restaurant which relocated last summer to East 1st Street along the Oswego River. "A brunch spot is an idea I've had for quite awhile. It took me some time to develop a menu that I thought would work in the city of Oswego,but I think we’ve done that,” France said. “I have been working in restaurants since I was 14 years old, and I’ve developed some dishes that I think people are really going to like.”

Talking about his culinary experience, Greg said “I’ve been in food service for eighteen years. My family owns The Village Restaurant in Wolcott, about thirty five minutes from Oswego. I grew up in the restaurant business. Back of the house, front of the house, managing - you name it, I’ve done it. In fact, this is the second business I’ve opened in the past year. I also have an events business, where I sell food at larger events like Harborfest and a couple of NASCAR races.” He said that he planned for both businesses to operate concurrently this year.

About his choice of location, France said that the space inside The Coffee Connection was exactly what he was looking for. “We have a nice kitchen setup here, and there is enough seating space that Tara (Hoyt, who runs the coffee shop) and I can easily share,” he said. “We do have to separate order desks for food and for coffee, but this is a cooperative venture. We work as a team and help each other out regularly. Everybody’s great!”

Crumb’s menu includes numerous options for both breakfast and lunch, Greg told us. “We have a maple sausage muffin that’s very popular for breakfast, along with a French Toast Strata that’s to die for. We also offer an avocado bruschetta, an Açaí bowl, a banana split parfait and Huevos Rancheros - something you might not have seen on a menu in Oswego before.”

He continued, “Our lunch offerings include a Cuban Sandwich, the Mayflower - a Thanksgiving-themed turkey sandwich, the Pig Candy BLT featuring candied bacon. We have some salad options, a great beef chili, and a homemade soup du jour that will change regularly.”

Crumb began serving on February 1 this year, and held their grand opening three weeks later on February 21. “The response has been incredibly positive so far,” France said. “It’s far beyond anything I expected.”

Greg told us that Crumb’s hours are currently 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. from Monday through Friday, and 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. on Saturday. “We’ll likely stay open later as the weather outside gets nicer, but we’ll need to feel that out as the season progresses,” he said. “I can’t wait until we’re able to open up the overhead door on the front of the building and use the sidewalk patio. I’m really looking forward to the spring and summer!”

France said that orders can be placed by phone at (315)596-0381, and beginning in very early March, customers will be able to order from Crumb on DoorDash. “We also have a Facebook as Crumb page, an Instagram page as crumboswego, and a website, CrumbOswego.com,” he said.

Crumb will be a welcome addition to the Oswego restaurant scene. All of us at IHeartOswego.com welcome Greg and his staff, and wish them great success in this new venture.

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