Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Update 3: Javier's in full operation mode Thursday

Javier Rodriguez
Update as of 4/24/13:

Liquor license received, in-house cheering conducted, dinner service to begin this Thursday.

Update as of 4/14/13:

For those anxiously awaiting the city's newest restaurant, you can try chef Brian Bowden's nuevo Latino fare for lunch next week as part of a soft opening of Javier's. Lunch will be available from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday and Friday and brunch from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. next Sunday (4/21). Lunch will be served Monday through Friday from April 22. The menu is available here. The restaurant will begin serving dinner once it receives its liquor license.

Update as of 1/11/13:

Javier Rodriguez will be opening a new restaurant, Javier's, in the former Panza's 28 Tables space above The Metro nightclub at 17 Maple Avenue, Saratoga Springs. 28 Tables closed last August.

(Story originally published January 3)

When last we knew of any Capital Region project involving noted Brooklyn restaurateur Javier Rodriguez it was his appearance at a November fundraiser for the American Red Cross Hurricane Sandy Relief.

Now comes word that Rodriguez is developing a restaurant locally and plans to move to Clifton Park with his wife and two children.

Rodriguez, 35, was maitre d' and sommelier of the renowned The River Café in Brooklyn, which was badly damaged by Hurricane Sandy and is closed for cleanup and repairs. He also was the 2012 winner of the Concierge Choice Awards honor among New York City maitre d's.

Michelle Hines Abram of the MHA Innovations PR firm revealed that Javier and his wife, Kathleen, who has family in the area, are sorting through a number of location possibilities for a restaurant to be called Javier's. A spring opening is projected, but we know how those things go with start-ups.

Brian Bowden, who departed from the head job in early November at Creo in Guilderland's Stuyvesant Plaza, will be the executive chef. He'll represent Javier's in the upcoming Albany Wine & Dine festival.

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