Saxby’s at the barge officially closed June of 2017. The close was primarily attributed to financial reasons as the Hamilton location was not performing up to par.
8 Fresh, a Tex Mex restaurant, officially opened on the 1st of September.
Saxbys was a coffee shop located at 37 Lebanon street. It opened on September 13th 2013, after it had taken ownership of the Barge Canal Coffee Company, which had run for nearly two decades prior to the change in management. Ever since then, Saxbys has continued to maintain the Barge’s unique atmosphere and persisted as a staple of both the Colgate, and the Hamilton experience.
Senior Marie Benton described Saxby’s atmosphere.
“It was a quaint but trendy coffee shop with the perfect atmosphere for meeting a friend for coffee or doing group work for studying or even just reading a book,” she said. “The coffee was also strong and reasonably priced.”
The loss of Saxbys was felt across the Colgate community.
Sophomore Mak Bridge, a barista at Saxby’s, shared her thoughts.
“I think Saxby’s was a big part of Hamilton as well as Colgate because it was the only real coffee shop in town,” said Murphey. “Students studied there, professors had meetings there, children had play dates there. Someone even had a photo shoot for their wedding because it was the place where the couple had their first date. I think Saxby’s will be and already is greatly missed.”
Though Hamilton has lost a beloved coffee shop, they also welcomed 8 Fresh, a new Tex Mex restaurant located at 22 Utica Street. 8 Fresh offers a variety of foods ranging from burritos and tacos to baba ghanoush and tzatziki. 8 Fresh decided to open a Hamilton location because they thought that it was a great town to go to.
Jordan, the current manager of 8 Fresh, explained why they decided to open a hamilton location.
“We thought it would be a great town to go to,” he said. “The community is involved ,even the students. There’s lots of foot traffic and is a homely place to be. It’s the right fit for us”.
He went on to talk about his thoughts on the restaurant’s first week.
“Its great”, he exclaimed, “Hamilton has been more than welcome to us. Everybody has been respectful”. “In the near future we’re looking forward to growing and getting our name out there.”
Students echoed his sentiments.
Sophomore Xander Berry and Murphy were enthusiastic about the opening.
“I’m looking forward to there finally being good mexican food in Hamilton,” Berry said.
“I’m really excited for 8 Fresh because they’re a local restaurant,” Murphey said.
“It’s sad that Saxby’s was unsuccessful, but I don’t know if a chain coffee shop really fit Hamilton’s vibe. I just wish 8 fresh had an espresso bar!” Murphy said.
The Hamilton location is 8 Fresh’s second location, with its first restaurant located at Clinton NY.