Monday, January 14, 2019

Opening & Closing & Etc.

• The latest reports from the Greater Capital Region on restaurants, beverage and food vendor openings, closings and transitions, as well as occasional entries from Vermont, the Adirondacks, the Berkshires, the Catskills, and the lower Hudson Valley.

OPENING

Pistana Brothers Pizza will open for business on Tuesday in the Stewart's Plaza at 52 North Greenbush Road (Route 4) near Hudson Valley Community College, a location just vacated by SaraBella Pizza. (See item under "Closing.") Brothers Al and Mike Pistana will be offering a wide range of pizzas as well as wraps, salads, dinner entrees, wings, and sides. The complete menu is available on their website. Phone: 518-272-7200.

SparX Fine Chinese Cuisine has opened at the 1570 Route 9 shopping strip in Halfmoon. It is the first ownership for Peter Wang, whose family has been involved in New York City restaurant operations. The new spot is anything but stereotypical Chinese eatery decor, with its sleek upscale look you can check out on the Facebook page. No menu available online. Hours this week: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday to Saturday, noon to 9 p.m. Sunday. Starting next week, it will be closed on Tuesdays. Phones: 518-280-0020 and 518-280-0060.

CLOSING

• The expansion of Colonie's SaraBella Pizza into North Greenbush didn't last long. Less than five months after debuting in the Stewart's Plaza at 52 North Greenbush Road (Route 4) near Hudson Valley Community College the venue has closed. Owners Domenic and Lisa Fuda continue operating their original, located at 391 Sand Creek Road, opposite Colonie High School. Phone: 518-482-2253.

DEVELOPING

• Work has begun on repurposing the former Kmart Plaza on Shelburne Road  in South Burlington, VT, to accommodate a new Hannaford supermarket. Interior demolition is being carried out at the former departrment store which closed two years ago. Upgrades to sewer and storm water systems will continue through early spring, according to the Hannaford chain. Hannaford currently operates a supermarket store on an adjacent parcel, next to Lowe's.

'Fermented Food Fair' inaugural event set in Vermont


BRATTLEBORO, VT -- If you're in a mood for a decidedly different food event, how about a "Fermented Food Fair"?

Strolling the Heifers, a non-profit organization with the mission of connecting people with healthy local food, is hosting the first-ever event this Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. The venue is the Robert H. Gibson River Garden on Main Street.

"Preserving food is a huge part of farming and farmsteading and there are so many entrepreneurs in our region making beautiful creative products from locally farmed food," said Orly Munzing, founder and executive director of the Stroll. "Pickling and fermenting are great ways to get nutrient-rich food in the winter. Plus, it's really delicious!"

Vicki Friedman,coordinator of River Garden, added, "People will be able to sample and buy pickled veggies, kimchi, sauerkraut, jam, and so much more. We'll have maple syrup, yogurt, salsa and sriracha, and even black garlic. Some vendors will be selling equipment for home pickling and fermenting, too."
Participating vendors:
Deer Meadow Homestead: jelly and jam, made with locally sourced ingredients whenever possible. No high fructose corn syrup.

FinAllie Ferments: kimchi, sauerkraut, kombucha kits, kraut making kits and crocks for kimchi, and fermented bubble tea.

Grace Hill Farm: handmade, cave aged raw milk cheeses.

Green Mountain Creamery: Vermont-style yogurt.

High Meadows Farm: black fermented garlic, pickled garlic scapes, CBD hemp, dried buds and pre-rolled.

Kirk's Creations: several krauts, hot sauces, pickled veggies and vegan kimchi.

Lost Art Cultured Foods: organic cultured Veggies that are are naturally probiotic and designed to easily incorporate into everyday meals.

Salsa Sisters: homemade salsas.

Small Town Cultures: colorful ferments from locally sourced organic produce and foraged plant material; traditional raw lacto-fermented veggies, gut shots, and sauer salts.

Sugar Bob's Finest Kind: smoked maple syrup, Vermont maple sriracha

Iconic Maggie's Cafe sold, closing at end of February

ALBANY -- Maggie’s Cafe and Sports Grill, built on race track winnings and a staple of the local tavern scene for nearly a quarter-century, will close at the end of February.

Owner Maggie Smith has sold the 1186 Western Avenue location to the Deeb family that owns the six-venue Ted's Fish Fry company, according to The Business Review.

The Deebs, who just added a Halfmoomn location, have not yet announced their intentions for the property.

Smith purchased a restaurant called Garlic John's, where she had been a waitress and part-time manager, at Fuller Road and Central Avenue in Colonie in 1994 after winning a Pick 6 jackpot at the Saratoga Race Course. She moved it to the former Son's Tavern opposite the UAlbany entrance in 1999, and gave it a sports bar theme in 2007.

Ted's Fish Fry opened earlier this month in long-under-renovation space formerly home to Matt's Cape House at 1663 Route 9 in Halfmoon. Its other locations: 447 3rd Avenue, Watervliet; 250 2nd Avenue, Troy; 700 Hoosick Road, Brunswick; 636 Route 9, Latham, and 203 Wolf Road, Colonie. Hours at all locations: 11 a.m. to 8:45 p.m. Monday to Thursday and Saturday, until 9:45 p.m. Friday and 11:30 a.m. to 7:45 p.m. Sunday.

Saturday, January 12, 2019

BK, Empire Deli under way at Albany International Airport

COLONIE -- Two new eateries are expected to be completed in the next six or seven months at Albany International Airport.

Construction on Empire Deli, which will feature craft beers and some wines, is expected to be completed by mid-March. Work on converting the former McDonald's location, which closed at the end of the year after it was unable to agree on a new lease with the Albany County Airport Authority, into a Burger King venue is projected to open in mid-July.

The deli is an offshoot of the Arena Football League's Albany Empire team in a partnership with Outstanding Hospitality Management (OHM). It will be located at the food court inside the public area of the security gates.

 It will serve as a fast-dining experience with a mix of menu options such as cold and hot subs, salads, wraps, soups, and breakfast options, along with local beer and wine selections.

Friday, January 11, 2019

Opening & Closing & Etc.

• The latest reports from the Greater Capital Region on restaurants, beverage and food vendor openings, closings and transitions, as well as occasional entries from Vermont, the Adirondacks, the Berkshires, the Catskills, and the lower Hudson Valley.

OPENING

• The venerable Duanesburg restaurant The Bears’ Steakhouse is scheduled to reopen next Thursday (January 17) after finishing its usual winter break during which it marked the 50th anniversary of Bob and Patricia Payne opening their doors. The restaurant, known for its chateaubriand and other beef dishes -- and, years ago, its unlisted phone number -- serves dinner only on Wednesday through Saturday. The restaurant is located at 8254 Duanesburg Road in the rural Schenectady County community. Phone: 518-895-2509. (Side note: Even after a half-century in business, the correct spelling of the name remains in doubt. The sign out front says The Bear's Steak House, the restaurant's Facebook page says The Bears' Steakhouse, various online rating services spell it variously Bears, Bears' and Bear's, some including "the" and some omitting it.)

• The term "seasonal restaurant" usually conjures up images of waterside operations doing business during the summer months. In Wilmington, VT, think snow. Pamela and Michael Mosher are the operators of a new food truck prepping for the snowmobiling season there. "We're going to serve homemade chili, soups, burgers, hot dogs, just warm yummy stuff. Macaroni and cheese," Pamela Mosher told the Wilmington Development Review Board at a recent hearing. The business will be at 54 East Dover Road on the now-closed Sitzmark Lodge property that connects to a Vermont Association of Snow Travelers trail. Hours will be 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

CLOSING

• Allium Restaurant + Bar ended a nearly 12-year run in downtown Great Barrington, MA, after service on New Year's Day. "Regretfully, and after sincere thought and consideration, we’ve decided to set our sights on new goals," proprietor and founder Nancy Thomas said in an announcement. "This journey would not have been possible without the support of our community. The people of Great Barrington welcomed us with open hearts, and for that we will be forever grateful." The parent company, owned by Thomas and by Bo Peabody, is Mezze Restaurant Group, which will continue operating its Mezze Catering + Events service as well as the Mezze Bistro + Bar in Williamstown.

DEVELOPING

• The folks who run the McDonald's and Jreck Subs on Demars Boulevard (Route 3) in Tupper Lake can relax. They apparently will get no competition from a new $10 million hotel to be constructed on a three-acre plot between the McDonald’s and a Rite Aid, where there is a shopping center with The Row clothing store, Jreck Subs and Dollar General. Tupper Lake native Richard LaMere, president of the Virginia-based NorthSouth Construction, says the proposed 75-room hotel would feature a breakfast dining area and a small market along with other amenities, but not an in-house restaurant, according to the Adirondack Daily Enterprise.

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Chain Links: Latest news about the big names

Your connections to the latest news items affecting chains operating in the Greater Capital Region or reported to be looking into locating in the area:

Starbucks looks at installing needle-disposal boxes in bathrooms

Debt-burdened P.F. Chang’s reportedly sold

Taco Bell to test vegetarian menu this year

Tension escalates between McDonald’s and franchisees over remodels

Taking the pulse of the Italian restaurant icons

12 fast food trends for 2019  

How Blaze ignited a pizza revolution

BJ’s tries prepayment for dine-in orders

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Berkshires hotel project redirects its restaurant plans

The original motel sign, in disrepair. (Photo courtesy of Tourists)

NORTH ADAMS, MA -- On Wednesday I posted the news that plans for an upscale restaurant headed by a James Beard Award-winning California chef as part of the destination hotel project named Tourists have fallen through.

Now, the people behind Tourists are revealing details of what they are doing instead, and it is quite different.

A restaurant called The Airport Rooms will open in February in the historic 1813 farmhouse that is on the same property as the Tourists hotel on State Road. The new restaurant, according to a news release, will be "serving classic cocktails and a creative food menu from Austin [Texas] native Greg Thomas."

Originally, a farm-to-table restaurant called Loom was to be created by the development company in the former Our Lady of Incarnation Church on Massachusetts Avenue. However, the intended chef, Cortney Burns, has left the organization and the development direction redirected.

In addition to The Airport Rooms restaurant under Thomas, the food and beverage menu at the lodge and deck bar of Tourists is being taken over by chef Corey Wentworth, formerly of Boston's Flour Bakery.

The unusual name of the new project is a historic nod to the nine-room former farmhouse that from 1944 to 1995 was known as Airport Rooms and Tourist Home. Beginning next month it will be open daily from 5-11 p.m. serving drinks, dinner, and snacks.

The developers say the directional change is at least partly because of feedback from hotel guests, potential customers, and the community at large since the hotel opened in August.

"As a result, we have decided to not build a fine dining restaurant on the Tourists property at this time and are instead focusing on enhancing our food and drink offerings with a lively new addition," the announcement said.

Benjamin Svenson, one of the principals, said, "Things are going really well. We're blessed to have the audience we've had to date. In barely five months, Tourists has welcomed more than 4,000 guests."

The only Texas chef named Greg Thomas that comes up in a Google search is a graduate of the Cerritos (CA) College culinary program who worked in institutional food service positions in Texas and the Boston area.

Update 2: Sonic files lawsuit against local developer

UPDATE (1/10/19): The Sonic fast-food drive-in chain has filed suit against the property owners of a proposed Clifton Park location, claiming they violated a lease agreement. This move comes after the owner of that space had instituted a suit against Sonic. No matter how the suits turn out, it seems fair to predict we'll never see a Sonic come to fruition in the Saratoga County community. Go here for the Daily Gazette's freport on the update.

UPDATE (12/19/18): Don't get too excited about the plans to build the Capital Region's third location of a Sonic Drive-In. They apparently have fallen through as DCG Development has cancelled Gene Nachamkin's lease of the Town Plaza, 800 Route 146, Clifton Park, location, claiming the franchise holder defaulted on their agreement. The project had received town approval in June. There are Sonic locations in Troy and Latham.
 
(Originally published 12/10/18 under the headline 'Sonic Drive-In chain
sale finalized at $2.3 billion')

The Capital Region's third Sonic Drive-In location is under development in Clifton Park, but the restaurant chain is making much bigger news -- being acquired by Inspire Brands Inc. in a $2.3 billion deal just finalized.

Inspire also owns the Arby's, Buffalo Wild Wings, and Rusty Taco brands. The acquisition of Sonic Corp. lifts its annual sales to more than $12 billion, the company said.

Sonic, headquartered in Oklahoma City, OK, has more than 3,600 drive-in restaurants in 45 states and reports about $4.4 billion in annual system-wide sales, making it the largest brand in Inspire’s portfolio. Arby's has more than 3,400 quick-service restaurants, Buffalo Wild Wings more than 1,250 casual-dining units, and Rusty Taco just 26.

Sonic entered the Capital Region in early 2014 when it opened in Latham on a Troy-Schenectady Road (Route 7) site at Wade Road that had long been home to the King's Buffet. Three years later, it opened a site in the Hudson River Commons shopping center on Troy's Hoosick Street. Last May, it was announced a third Sonic would be built at the Town Plaza on Route 146 in Clifton Park.

Opening & Closing & Etc.

• The latest reports from the Greater Capital Region on restaurants, beverage and food vendor openings, closings and transitions, as well as occasional entries from Vermont, the Adirondacks, the Berkshires, the Catskills, and the lower Hudson Valley.

OPENING

• The local Ted's Fish Fry chain finally has opened another location. It is located in long-under-renovation space formerly home to Matt's Cape House at 1663 Route 9, Halfmoon. Curiously, the opening is mentioned on the company website ,but not on its Facebook page. Other locations: 447 3rd Avenue, Watervliet; 250 2nd Avenue, Troy; 700 Hoosick Road, Brunswick; 636 Route 9, Latham, and 203 Wolf Road, Colonie. Hours at all locations: 11 a.m. to 8:45 p.m. Monday to Thursday and Saturday, until 9:45 p.m. Friday and 11:30 a.m. to 7:45 p.m. Sunday.

• The much-hyped new Dunkin' design made its Capital Region debut on Wednesday. The high-tech eatery, located at 500 Northern Boulevard in Albany, includes a drive-through lane exclusively for mobile ordering. The franchise holder is Kevin Wright for the 2,100-square-foot location. It is among the Dunkin' restaurants that will test variations of the new design this year before the company unveils its final design. And, it is one of the few venues to use the Dunkin' brand on its signage, rather than the former Dunkin' Donuts name.

CLOSING

Marty and Jim's Sandwiches and More, located inside Cove Lanes on Stockbridge Road in Great Barrington, MA, has closed. For its part, Cove Lanes no longer is listed for sale, though co-owner Juanita O'Rourke said the ownership team remains interested in selling the business or the business with the property. The sandwich shop owners, spouses Martha "Marty" Brown and Jim Kenefick, have not made public any reason for the closure. Marty and Jim's was known for its oversized sandwiches. The business was founded in 2013 at 230 Stockbridge Road, but in September 2017 moved across the street to the bowling establishment. No mention of the closing has been made on the sandwich shop's website or Facebook page.


DEVELOPING

Nori’s Village Market in Saranac Lake has been expanded by 2,000 square feet to become a 5,40-0square foot operation that now offers a cafe dining-style experience with window seating overlooking the Saranac River. Co-owner Andy Keal said plans are to expand dinner offerings. The expansion has a cafe counter and condiment bar stand centered in the new space, along with a five-foot glass case that will be used to display to-go dinner options sold by the pound. The former dining and food service areas will be used to expand grocery, health, and beauty-aid stock. Nori's, whichn has operated in several different locations, was founded in 1989 by Lenore "Nori" Wright where Jwreck Subs now does business. Amy Kohanski bought the business in 1994, and Lori Dodge-Cushman became part owner inn 2000. Keal became a partner in 2006, and Kohanski and Dodge-Cushman had left the business by 2014. Ashley Tempo boughtn into it in 2014.

• The owners of Ken's Pizza & Pub in Burlington, VT, are planning to expand their operation. Deb and Tom Miller of Miller Properties, who own owners the pizzeria at 71 Church Street in the Church Street Marketplace, are working to expand into the 170 Bank Street building they own around the corner, abutting the outdoor tiki bar that is part of Ken's. They have two different designs in mind, and are soliciting construction bids to help them decide which to begin. Ken's Pizza was founded in 1973 by Tom Miller's father. Phone: (802) 862-3335.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Things are off balance at Catskill restaurant

The troubled restaurant, A Taste of Catskill Cafe (photo provided)
CATSKILL -- As she does most days, owner Kathleen Passaro opened the doors of A Taste of Catskill Cafe and began serving the regular crowd.

She'd like to continue doing that, but is anticipating doing it at a location other than 395 Main Street which, she had said on Facebook, had been sold.

Her original Facebook note: "Dear all our loyal customers ... if you have any gift certificates for us please use them as soon as possible. Our building has been sold out from under us and we will be leaving the area. Unfortunately we heard through the grapevine instead of being told upfront like should happen in good business form. However it has been confirmed to be true. I do not know exactly when we will be leaving but it won’t be long."

However, her latest post said, "Soooo it seems all might not be lost. We are in negotiations with our landlord for a possible new location. It’s been sleepless nights and tears but there were some hugs and kisses today."

Passaro confirmed to HudsonValley360.com she has begun looking around for potential new locations, and said the restaurant meanwhile will remain in operation as long as possible. She took over what had been named Natalie's Nook four years ago. She formerly owned the Firehouse Tavern on Main Street, where New York Restaurant now stands. The Firehouse Tavern closed in 2007.

Noted California chef's Berkshire dream evaporates

Cortney Burns
NORTH ADAMS, MA -- Back in September 2018, I reported on a project that would have brought a well-regarded California chef to the Tourists hotel that opened earlier in the year. Now comes word that such plans have been scuttled and the chef has walked away from the project.

Work has begun on converting the former Our Lady of Incarnation Church on Massachusetts Avenue overlooking the Hoosick River into a modern restaurant called called Loom. The hotel sits opposite the river on State Road.

In a statement released today, a spokesperson for the hotel confirmed partner and chef Cortney Burns is leaving Tourists "to focus on her much-anticipated cookbook and other culinary projects." Instead of Loom, the hotel will open a restaurant called The Airport Rooms in its 19th Century farmhouse property on State Road.

The vision for Loom was created by Burns, who moved to North Adams from California to helm the project, according to an essay she penned for Fish & Game Quarterly last year. She  was one of five partners in the project that is transforming a rundown old motor inn and farmhouse on 55 acres into a top-echelon attraction.

Burns, a James Beard Award winner, left San Francisco’s celebrated Bar Tartine to move to the Berkshires, oversee the restaurant project, and begin putting up an old-style New England larder of fermented and preserved goods.

Before today's announcement, the latest negative wrinkle in the restaurant plan came in late September when the town's Planning Board said that before the former church can be transformed into a restaurant, the developers needed to come up with a detailed plan for parking. At that time, the board delayed a vote on the planned restaurant because it did not adequately account for customer and employee parking, and did not provide for anything other than on-street parking for the 70-seat restaurant.

Local restaurant newcomers well represented on 'Best of' list

The folks at Syracuse.com frequently publish "best of" lists for anything they can think of that has to do with Upstate New York. Their latest is "The 22 Best New Restaurants" that opened in 2018, and eight of the establishments on the list are located in the Greater Capital Region.

The editors' methodology? According to them, they use "data from Yelp.com. 'Best' is measured using an algorithm that looks at the number of reviews and star rating for a business, as well as other factors like number of negative reviews and recency of reviews."

You can see the full list with details here. Meanwhile, here are the Greater Capital Region entries and their rankings. Click on the names to access their websites.


Opening & Closing & Etc. (New England edition)

• The latest reports from the Greater Capital Region on restaurants, beverage and food vendor openings, closings and transitions, as well as occasional entries from Vermont, the Berkshires, the Catskills, and the lower Hudson Valley.

OPENING

• The Burlington, VT-based chain Skinny Pancake will open its eighth location, this one in Quechee, some time next month. The venue is adjacent to Jake’s Quechee Market on Route 4 in a 2,000-square-foot space previously run as a cafe by the Jake’s staff. Skinny Pancake ran a temporary restaurant inside that cafe space during the holidays that was well-received by the public. Co-owner Benjy Adler said in an announcement that the new full-scale restaurant's menu will include most of the items offered at the chain's other restaurants, including its signature line of eclectic crepe dishes. Adler expects coffee and espresso drinks from Waterbury-based Vermont Artisan Coffee & Tea to be popular, and a line of draft beer also will be available. Skinny Pancake was founded in 2003 by brothers Benjy and Jonny Adler who began selling crepes out of a makeshift wooden cart on Burlington’s Church Street. In 2007 they opened what became their flagship location on the Burlington waterfront.

•  The sweets shop NU Chocolat is scheduled to open at 180 Battery Street in Burlington, VT. The owners are Kevin and Laura Toohey and their adult children Virginia and Rowan Toohey who together formerly operated Bijou Fine Chocolate in Shelburne whose owner abruptly closed it in October 2017. NU Chocolat will have a 12-seat retail cafĂ© selling handcrafted chocolates, European-style pastries, and an array of warm "sipping chocolates." It also will offer teas and espresso beverages. The major focus of the business, however, will be the chocolatier items.

CLOSING

What began as the transformation of a Brattleboro, VT, sandwich shop named Anthony's on Elliot Street 37 years ago ended on this New Year's Eve when owners Yisoon and Tae Mo Kim closed Shin La. After purchasing and converting the shop in to a Korean eatery for three years, they moved the business to 57 Main Street and renamed it Shin La after an ancient Korean kingdom. They added a sushi day in 1985, and a sushi bar in 2000, and accented their offerings with some Japanese dishes along the way. The Kims have had Shin La up for sale since 2015. Yisoon Kim's sister has run Manna House, a Korean restaurant in nearby Greenfield, MA, for the past 15 years.

DEVELOPING

• The Fish & Chip is under development for a projected February opening in South Burlington, VT. However, its name does not tell the whole story. Owner/chef Claire Banh, a veteran of working in several Canadian fish-and-chip eateries, says besides the namesake dish she will offer such other items as souvlaki and chicken tenders. The restaurant, in space on Williston Road that once was occupied by the Wooden Spoon Bistro and that shares a parking area with the Higher Ground music venue, will seat 50 and retain a portion of the bar from the bistro, which closed in 2016. It will be open seven days a week.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Opening & Closing & Etc.

• The latest reports from the Greater Capital Region on restaurants, beverage and food vendor openings, closings and transitions, as well as occasional entries from Vermont, the Berkshires, the Catskills, and the lower Hudson Valley.

OPENING

SlickFin Brewing Company is inching its way toward an opening in the Washington County town of Fort Edward. Owners Kris and Heather March, relying heavily on exclamation marks, provided this update via Facebook: " ... We know you are all impatiently waiting for our opening, as are we!!! Our state license is still in process, but we are hoping to receive our temporary license this month!!! As soon as we receive our temporary license, we can start Brewing!!!! It will take 3 weeks for us to brew what we require to open. That puts our opening around the first or second week in February; if all goes as planned!!! We want to let everyone know that we are trying our hardest to get open!!! We cannot wait to meet you all and to serve you our amazing craft beer!!!" SlickFin is located at 147-149 Broadway. For my earlier report on their project, click here.

CLOSING

• The Stewart's Shops chain couldn't get its way in Voorheesville, so it literally is packing up and going home. The Saratoga-based convenience store company had hoped, under an ambitious two-year plan taking place throughout the chain, to replace its current small store in the Albany County village with one of its larger, new-design stores and gas stations on the site of the former Smith's Tavern, which closed last year when its owners retired. However, village opposition in the form of new zoning rules put a crimp in those plans that could not be ironed out. So, Stewart's has announced that it will close its current Voorheesville shop after business on Sunday.

• The popular Plattsburgh steak-and-seafood seasonal restaurant Dana's Rusty Anchor was hit by fire early Tuesday that heavily damaged the kitchen. Firefighters from four different companies knocked down the blaze, and no injuries were reported. The restaurant is located lakeside at 4016 Route 9 at Snug Harbor Marina, near Clinton Community College, and is accessible to diners via land or from Lake Champlain. It had closed for the winter on December 31, as is owner Dana Poland's annual practice. Normally, the business would be dormant until spring reopening, but now will need repairs beforehand. Thus, any of you Lake Champlain fans may want to make a note to call ahead if you plan to visit the Rusty Anchor in the spring. Phone: 518-563-6000.

DEVELOPING

• Ed Rovetto, owner of the Pizza Works that operates at 722 Saratoga Road (Route 50) in Burnt Hills, Saratoga County, hopes to move the restaurant to a new, larger building to be built immediately south of the current eatery, according to plans submitted to the town Planning and Zoning Commission. If approved, the new structure would cover slightly more than 7,200 square feet, of which nearly 4,900 would be home to Pizza Works, with the rest being leased to retail or office space. The project would not affect the original Pizza Works restaurant, established in 1988 in Ballston Spa. The company debuted in Burnt Hills in 1991 primarily as a take-out pizzeria, but in January 2005 relocated to its current freestanding building.

• The Five Guys burger chain is planning to develop its eighth Capital Region location, in the Hannaford Plaza in the Glenville town center. It would occupy part of a space formerly occupied by Aubuchon Hardware, which closed more than two years ago. Plans submitted to the town call for Five Guys to occupy 2,500 square feet of space, plus an outdoor patio. Among its nearly 1,500 locations in the U.S. and abroad are those at 7 Southside Drive, Clifton Park; 418 Balltown Road, Niskayuna; 600 North Greenbush Road, Rensselaer; 241 Route 9W, Glenmont; Wolf Road, Colonie Center; 602 New Loudon Road (Route 9), Latham, and 1512 Western Avenue, Guilderland.