The Bistro at Towpath Cafe in Fairport New York

Canal Side Lift Bridge

The Bistro at Towpath Cafe, located in Fairport New York, is a full service restaurant and cafe offering outdoor dining in warm weather, breakfast, lunch and dinner year round as well as catering and the use of our lovely dining room as a banquet or party facility. We also offer catering services at the location of your choice.

The Bistro at Towpath Cafe has an inviting, warm and eclectic feel emphasized by its large windows offering a perfect view of the Erie canal and one of the most unique Lift Bridges in the world. The Fairport Lift Bridge allegedly appeared in Ripley's Believe It or Not due to its unusual construction. It is the only bridge in the world built on a bias. It is an irregular decagon, an engineering feat with no two angles being the same and no two corners are square. The Box Factory building itself has a lively history. The site was originally purchased by Daniel DeLand in 1852 where he built and operated the Deland Chemical Works. It suffered a devastating fire February 4, 1893. The factory was rebuilt shortly after the fire but fell victim to competition from Arm and Hammer.

In 1906 the York State Fruit Company occupied the vacant facility to produce cider and cider vinegar. The business was purchased about 1911 whereupon fruit pectin and Certo was invented and became popular. Unfortunately, fire once again claimed the wooden structures and the factory met its demise. The proximity of the property was too valuable to allow it to sit idol for long. This time it was built of brick and stone. In 1947 H.P. Neun moved its box factory into the facility, hence its current name. Unbelievably, the box factory burned once more. This time it was rebuilt as a business and retail complex.

The Box Factory name still remains today with its long and enduring history and sturdy brick structure. Fast forward to its current status and the more recent history of the Bistro at Towpath Cafe. In January of 2009 Neil Clark opened the Towpath cafe as a relaxing, comfortable place to grab a cup of your favorite java and enjoy the friendly atmosphere.

Neil is a strong advocate of local musicians and hosts open mic on Thursday evenings followed by Friday and Saturday select performances. Beer and wine are offered to accompany the later part of the day.

In May of 2011 Neil expanded the cafe to include a dining room and large deck located on the Erie canal. He increased menu selections to include delicious entrees and full breakfasts. The deck is a wonderful outdoor dining experience while the dining room offers private gathering opportunities.

Each month the Bistro at Towpath Cafe plans a themed event. As winter approaches Neil has developed a catering option for guests who would like to have their event at the location of their choice.