Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Pig 'n' Whistle opens at former Kristel's site

BURNT HILLS -- The Millstone Speakeasy is no more, but an even more interestingly named establishment has taken its place.

The Pig 'n' Whistle at the Grove, an Irish-style casual restaurant and pub, succeeds the Millstone which itself succeeded the long-running Kristel's.

The owners are Todd Bush and his nephew Adam Bush who bought the 80-seat restaurant from Dave Masten.

Their renovations of the facility include upgraded bathrooms, interior dining area, deck and parking lot. The Bushes have plans to double the size of the deck.

Todd Bush has worked in management at a variety of local restaurants. Adam, who studied culinary arts at Schenectady County Community College, has worked at Carrabba’s Italian Grill in Latham and Prime at Saratoga National in Saratoga Springs.

The menu includes such appetizers as Irish eggs (hard boiled eggs wrapped in sausage, breaded and fried, served with ranch or honey mustard dipping sauces) and fried mac-and-cheese bites with Guinness BBQ sauce; burgers, pizzas, wraps, salads and specialty sandwiches, and such entrees as braised corned beef and cabbage (unfortunately referred to as "corn beef"), bangers and mashed (Irish sausage with caramelized onions and horseradish mashed potatoes), and Irish beef stew. The entire menu is available online.

The restaurant is located at 654 Saratoga Road on Alplaus Creek. Hours: 11:30 a.m. to midnight Sunday through Thursday, and open to 2 Friday and Saturday. Phone: 280-5439.

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