Gateway BBQ Kitchen ~ Andy Conroy

Meet Andy Conroy at Gateway BBQ Kitchen

Downtown Ithaca is packed with a grand selection of food options prepared by highly skilled chefs who have gone the distance to hone their culinary craft. Trained chefs like Andy Conroy, owner of Gateway BBQ Kitchen, a longtime culinary artist who has worked at restaurants across the country to learn the best tricks of the culinary trade.

Conroy, a Rochester, NY native, earned a degree from the Culinary Institute of America in 1996 and afterward spent nearly two decades traveling the globe as a chef. He’s prepared cuisine at dining hotspots in the Virgin Islands, Alaska, and Texas. Before setting roots in Ithaca, he also spent time in Europe where he and his wife enjoyed sampling a variety of European cuisine.

“I came to Ithaca over 8 years ago, because I really liked it here. It’s a great place, a welcoming community with a lot of diversity.  Prior to moving here, I worked all around the country, including Texas. I soon discovered southern American cuisine is one of my favorites. After working for 5 years in this area, I decided it was time to start something for myself.”  

In 2015, Conroy opened Gateway BBQ Kitchen, a laid-back, rustic establishment where guests can enjoy the best barbeque in the region. When Conroy isn’t busy in the kitchen, he can likely be found gardening, fishing, or spending time with the family.

At Gateway Kitchen, menu items include savory slabs of St. Louis style ribs hand-rubbed with Gateway Kitchen’s own secret blend of special spices and slow roasted over hickory wood, pulled pork sandwiches and sliders, and Ithaca’s own Garbage Plate, a mix of macaroni salad, home fries, beans and a choice of meat topped with our homemade meat sauce, mustard, ketchup, and chopped onions served with sliced Brioche bread.  Homemade soups, fresh salads, an assortment of appetizers, and the occasional specials complete your food options. 

Gateway Kitchen is located in the Gateway Plaza at 401 E. State Street, a short distance from the Commons pedestrian mall. To learn more about Andy and Gateway Kitchen, stop by the restaurant or visit its website or Facebook Page


The Faces of Downtown Ithaca

Some say the best referrals come from trusted family and friends. In Downtown Ithaca, quality recommendations often come from speaking directly to our hospitable downtown business owners and managers. Afterall, who knows their business best than the business owner themselves.

Welcome to Faces of Downtown Ithaca where we’ll give you an insider’s look at downtown’s shops, let you meet your shopkeepers, and restaurateurs who provide this area with some of the finest shopping, dining, and attractions that the Finger Lakes Region has to offer.

Not only do these folks work here, but they also dine, shop, and play here. Many of them also live here, too! This is their Downtown Ithaca and now, they are sharing some of their histories with you.