Poppy's Burgers and Fries in Beacon has shut down operations on Main Street. Why did this happen and is there a future for the restaurant elsewhere?

Poppy's Burgers and Fries was one of the best places to grab a burger in the Mid Hudson Valley. It's success at 184 Main Street gave Beacon more cred as a great place for foodies to go. The place was usually very busy, so why would they close down after eight years of burger glory?

According to the Poughkeepsie Journal, owner Paul Yeaple had been thinking of expanding the business for a few years. He was so busy he just couldn't make that happen, but he does want to expand the Poppy brand to other locations in the area.

"In the Hudson Valley, food and beverage is our resource," Yeaple said. "I've been looking at Newburgh, Wappingers Falls, Poughkeepsie, New Paltz and Kingston, anywhere in the Hudson Valley where I can source local."

In some way, Poppy's has become a victim of it's own success. Yeaple says that he would need some investors to expand the restaurant into other towns. I wonder if he would still want to be in Beacon at a bigger location? Hard to give up space in a town where so many come to dine.


Now is the chance for someone who wants to help this great local business get to the next level. Investors should be taking a good look at what Poppy's has done in Beacon and hopefully they will help fund other locations here in the Mid Hudson Valley. We will keep our fingers crossed for a bunch of Poppy's Burgers and Fries popping up all over the place!