Monday, November 12, 2012

Bonefish Grill-ed over Colonie sign project

COLONIE -- Chain restaurant locations along the Wolf Road shopping corridor are nothing new, but they usually have a fairly smooth path to creation.

The Bonefish Grill may be a different story, at least for the moment.

The seafood chain already has had its application for permission to install a 68.12-square-foot sign denied because town land use law limits signs to 33.23 square feet unless a special exemption is granted.

That doesn't mean it's the end of the signage matter. Peter May of the Hanley Sign Company in Latham is scheduled to appear on behalf of Bonefish Grill at a 7 p.m. Tuesday, November 20, public hearing to appeal the denial.

The restaurant is targeted for development at 59 Wolf Road, the former Borders book store on the east side of the road near an entrance to Colonie Center.

It would be the sixth New York location for the chain. Current operations are in the Buffalo and Rochester areas as well as in Poughkeepsie and Staten Island.

You can see the menu here. The bar menu is something the owners call a "bar fresh" operation, relying heavily on freshly-squeezed juices and fresh herbs as well as regionally-sourced beers and small-batch bourbons.

Bonefish Grill was founded in 2000 in St. Petersburg, FL, and now is on a path to expand nationwide with current emphasis on the Southeast and Northeast. Co-founders were Tim Curci, a Culinary Institute of America graduate, and the late Chris Parker. The current president is John Cooper, who has headed up the expansion program since joining Bonefish after 15 years with the Outback Steakhouse chain.

Assuming this project comes to fruition, it will be the second major seafood chain to open outposts in the Town of Colonie. Joe's Crab Shack recently opened on Troy Schenectady Road at the entrance to the Latham Farms shopping complex.

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  1. As far as Chain restaurants go, Bonefish Grill is a class act. I have had the pleasure of dealing with them on a national level selling to them and subsequently eating at many of their locations. Bonefish does it right, with well trained staff, fresh foods and a clean friendly atmosphere. I look forward to their opening, whatever the size of the sign.

  2. Peter Brown writes:

    Ho Hum. Another chain that thinks Albany is Smallbany and the locals will go along with anything to get them here.  Can't wait to see how this turns out.