Elizabeth Hughes was born and raised in Johnson City. She moved to New York City in 1981 for a change of scenery. After playing drums in the NYC punk rock scene, performing in NYC’s major music haunts (including CBGB’s), and cooking in NYC restaurants to support her musical dreams, she decided to to return to her hometown to be closer to her family.
One of the things she found conspicuously missing was a cafe/coffeehouse like the many she frequented in her East Village neighborhood. She felt that a place with great food, comfortable atmosphere and a strong sense of an inclusive community was something that she could not be without, so Elizabeth, alongside her best friend of many years, Marie McKenna, decided to open Lost Dog Café in an old garage, at 60 Main Street in Binghamton. The café was founded on a shoestring budget with the love of good food, good people and a strong sense of community serving as their inspiration.
Now in its 24th year of business, Lost Dog Cafe has become a local landmark and gathering space for countless people. The restaurant has happily raised funds for organizations and individuals in need, and served as a venue for various meetings, concerts, art shows, poetry slams, symposiums, film screenings and other community-minded events.
Elizabeth lives in Endwell with a number of rescue dogs and her wife, Jennifer Kollar.
Please join us for an opportunity to speak with Liz, in addition to our other panelists, at our Women & Work Career Panel & Networking Event at 11 a.m. Oct. 30 in Decker 201. This event is co-sponsored by SUNY Broome’s Applied Learning & Career Center and The Women’s Institute.