Thursday, June 12, 2014

Update: Mexican Radio opening Monday in Schenectady

Lori Seldin and Mark Young.
UPDATE (6/12/14): Mexican Radio will make its Schenectady debut at 11:30 a.m. Monday. Hours will be 11:30 a.m. to midnight daily.

(Originally published 5/1/14)

SCHENECTADY -- OK, so when is Mexican Radio really going to open its new downtown location?

Let's put it this way. Owners Lori Selden and Mark Young didn't create long-term successful Mexican Radio venues in New York City and Hudson by being slapdash about their operations.

In answer to questions from consumers and some speculation on social media, they've posted this message on the Facebook page of their in-development restaurant at 325 State Street:

"We know everyone is very eager to see us open. We can't say how flattering the response has been. And we know that some in the press have made unconfirmed announcements of opening dates in late April, which has been causing some confusion. Our goal is to be 100% done with construction, including the outdoor space, before we open the doors for business. The last thing we want is for you to be eating while hammers are pounding.

"Sadly we have hit some small delays and we are going to miss our Cinco De Mayo goal. That said -- it shouldn't be long after. We appreciate to no end, everyone's support and patience. We will not make the opening date a secret and we will be announcing it VERY SOON."

For those who have not had the occasion to visit either of the existing Mexican Radio restaurants, you're in for a treat -- authentic Mexican cuisine, excellent drinks, colorful atmosphere. And, for those unfamiliar with where the name Mexican Radio came from, here it is:

"I wish I was in Tijuana eating barbequed iguana.
I'd take requests on the telephone.
I'm on a wavelength far from home.
... I'm on a Mexican radio."

That tempting morsel is from the 1980s Stan Ridgway song. Here's a video version of it performed by Wall of Voodoo.


  1. I was interested in going there for Mother's day, so I checked their website to see if they are open. Nothing on the main page. If you spend time clicking around (How about about us? Hours and Directions? I learned that they would be opening in Early 2014, and in another place, Early Spring 2014. So they must be open. Their menu is up, prices, pictures, everything. And it is certainly past Early 2014 and Early Spring.

    Really, I can't use your website to tell if your restaurant is open for business? Are you kidding me?

    So I go to the Facebook page, and scroll, nothing, nothing.. Oh there, a reference to Schenectady not being open yet. Buried beneath posts of hamsters eating burritos.

    With all the effort they are putting into marketing and social media, maybe they should consider posting the answer to the single most often question of them in a place where it is easily findable.

  2. Your confusion is confusing. If you read the story to which you just added a comment, you'll see the Schenectady venue is not yet open for business.