From a popular Cottman Transmission spot to a new Canteen location, these folks truly outdid themselves in renovating and repurposing an old building in Kingston. Canteen Park is sure to thrill as the newest restaurant spot in Kingston.
Abby Billek-Singh, Canteen’s owner, has extensive experience in the restaurant business. It all started at NYU where she earned her BA in Food Studies and Management.
From there, Abby worked a number of jobs throughout the years where she continued to learn and be influenced by the amazing chefs around her. Her love and passion for both the culinary arts and our area can be seen clearly in both her restaurants.
It all started with Canteen 900, which is located at 900 Rutter Ave—a building in Forty Fort owned by media artist David Koral. Featured inside is an important part of our area’s history: the Hotel Sterling chandelier.
Serving up coffee, espresso, smoothies, pastries, breakfast, and lunch, Canteen 900 has been a popular spot in Forty Fort for nearly seven years.
Canteen 900 fills a gap in food and culture in our area and has become a household name.
That love is shown in the excitement generated by the new Canteen Park.
Abby sat down with us recently to tell us all about her new restaurant, Canteen Park, located across from Kirby Park at 181 Market Street.
The crew we’ve gotten to know and love over the past seven years is bringing something new and exciting to the area. Park will serve cocktails, beer, wine, charcuterie, sandwiches (Thankfully! It isn’t Canteen without those beloved sandwiches), and snacks.
Paired with Abby’s eye for repurposing and reusing funky findings, you’ll find the same cool atmosphere at Canteen Park. You’ll love the result of a power-washed wall, which you’ll notice behind the bar as soon as you walk in.
With both indoor and outdoor seating, this new spot is perfect for groups, date nights, after-work outings, girl’s night, and more.
Part of the appeal of Canteen 900—apart from the fantastic food—is the atmosphere Abby has created. One key aspect of that is artist Daniel Dennis, who painted the mural featured outside of Canteen 900.
While this newest endeavor is exciting, Canteen 900 will always hold a special place in Abby’s heart. Her work there, her staff, and her family are so important to her.
Abby’s brother and Canteen 900 General Manager, Drew Billek, and her husband, Bhanu Singh, are the driving forces behind her work. Without their encouragement and support, Canteen would not have grown into an establishment that can now serve the area seven days a week.
Mon & Wed 4pm – 10pm
Thur, Fri & Sat 4pm – midnight
Sunday – 11am-8pm
Tues – closed
The same goes for the staff, Abby says. They’ve done so much to help her reach her dreams and truly represent the level of community involvement that surrounds Canteen.
If you’re looking for a cool, new place to spend some time, you must check out Canteen Park. I highly recommend the Moscow Mule and the Toasted Peanut Fluff.
Photo Credit: Sarah Simonovich
Kayleigh is a content writer with a BA in technical writing/literature and an MA in creative writing. When she’s not at work writing, she’s at home writing, reading, or binge-watching television shows… for research, of course. A big do-it-yourselfer and crafter, Kayleigh loves testing out projects and gifting them to friends and family—all in preparation for when she owns her own home one day and decorates with her own personal creations. Her work has appeared on The Writing Cooperative and as an Honorable Mention in East Meets West American Writers Review.