With SUNY Cortland students studying remotely due to recent COVID-19 case surges, many students are no longer going downtown for meals, Sandro Mironti, the owner of New York Bagel and Deli, said Saturday.
This is especially true in the College Suites at Cortland residence on Route 13 in Cortlandville.
“A lot of the kids aren’t leaving the building,” he said. “They’re doing a lot of things remotely.”
So he’s going to them. Mironti has recently added a smaller, second store within the suites. It offers most of the same menu as the Main Street Cortland location, except for paninis, Mironti said.
“We’re pretty excited about it and we’re looking for it to be very successful for us,” he said.
Only college students or people living in the College Suites apartments will be able to access the store as a fob is needed to enter the building.
Mironti said he hopes to add a walkup window later for outsiders to get drinks and food.
Garry VanGorder, the executive director of the Cortland County Business Development Corp., said the county doesn’t have many small businesses with at least two locations. The reason for this, he said, is because of the extra work needed to be running operations at two locations.
But there have been successes: A Pizza and More has shops in Cortland and Homer; Coffee Mania has kiosks on Port Watson Street and the Groton Avenue Plaza, plus the Origins cafe in Homer.
“I give any business credit for taking on expansion,” he said. “It’s a good sign both for the business and their community.”
Mironti said the new store will be a way to continue to work with current vendors, like Coffee Mania, while providing items to people who may not want to leave the suites.
Eventually, he hopes the store can open to the greater community.
“These are very volatile times,” he said. “We don’t know what’s going to happen tomorrow. So we’re taking a chance and hopefully it’ll do well.”