Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Sprio ends Brazilian adventure, goes Italian again

Carmine Sprio
ALBANY -- Remember Carmine's, the popular Central Avenue restaurant run by Carmen Sprio that closed back in 2009?

Well, it's coming back. After less than a year since opening Carmine’s Brazilian Grill, the first  meat-centric churrascaria in the Capital Region, Sprio shut down that operation after New Year's Eve.

It will reopen at the same 4-6 Sheridan Avenue venue this Friday as just plain Carmine's, with a menu of Sprio's long-establishd Amer-Italian dishes, acording to an online report today on timesunion.com.

“I saw the handwriting on the wall,” Sprio told TU blogger Steve Barnes.   " ... When we asked people about their experience, they said they loved it but planned to come back a few times a year. If you’re a special-occasion place, that works for when there’s an event downtown, but it’s not a good overall business plan. I want to be more of neighborhood type of place where people stop in every week or a few times a month.”

Regular hours for the resuscitated Carmine's, after dinner-only this Friday and Saturday, will be for lunch Tuesday through Friday and dinner Monday through Saturday. Sundays will be dark. Phone: 729-4477.

Neither the website nor the Facebook page for the former Carmine's Brazilian Grill has been changed as of this writing, so no other details or menu are available.

Incidentally the original Carmine's location at 818 Central has been occupied since the spring of 2012 by Armand Lule's Grappa '72 Ristorante

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