“People come here for dinner and leave with new best friends,” says Beylka Krupp, who, with her husband, Rich Foshay, has run Ossining’s ultra-popular Wobble Café for 11 years. Krupp is a classically trained culinary-school grad whose shrimp étouffée won the entrée category in the 2015 General Mills Neighborhood to Nation Recipe Contest. Foshay is a lifelong food pro who grew up helping out in his parents’ gourmet-cheese shop and delis in Larchmont, Briarcliff, and Pleasantville.
The Wobble’s casual, funky appearance suggests basic café, but the menu is extensive and full of eclectic items, like Pad Thai salad, homemade mac ‘n’ cheese, and breakfast strudels made from scratch.
With a roster of up to 20 employees, Krupp and Foshay give hours to workers who are struggling with responsibilities, such as single-parenthood, which limit their time. The owners also enjoy helping young people adjust to the world of work and are proud that some of their former cooks have headed off to culinary school. The couple’s children—Mage, 12, and Rowan Juniper, 9—are fixtures of the café, which revolves around kid-friendly themes.
Many diners are surprised, Krupp says, that they dedicate almost one-quarter of the café’s floor space to a children’s play area, when they could enjoy increased revenue by having more dining tables instead. But, she retorts, “That’s not why we’re here. We’re here to create a community environment, a family environment, to make dining out with your children more comfortable.”