Thursday, September 25, 2014

A trip through the Capital Region foodie revolving door


• The newest venture by the owners of the two Wheatfields restaurants that I reported on some time ago has come to fruition. Tim and Colleen Holmes have opened -- on schedule -- their BWP Local Grille at The Springs, a residential and commercial complex near Exit 15 of the Northway. "BWP" stands for beer, wine and pizza, the three major offerings on the menu which was created by the Holmeses' corporate chef, Michael Kiernan, and their pizza chef, Dave DeNero. Hours: 4 to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. weekends, lunch and dinner daily starting October 6. BWP is located at 11 Hampstead Place on Weibel Avenue, north of the Saratoga Springs Hockey Rink and south of Louden Road. Phone: 763-2975.

• What had been Francesca's Cafe in Troy until Francesca Tutunjian decided to shutter the business earlier this year on Saturday will become home to a doughnut shop called Nibble Inc. Baking Co. The owners are Michael Cunningham and Jessie Cramer, familiar faces on the local food scene who have expanded from their catering business. She had been the baker at Finnbar's Pub, he had been the front man at The Malt Room. They will offer a dozen or more varieties of doughnuts daily as well as doughnut-based breakfast sandwiches. Address: 461 Broadway. Hours: 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. (or until the doughnuts run out) on weekdays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.


• The nearly-new McDonald's restaurant at Hoosick and 15th streets in Troy is for sale. The asking price: $1,730,000. The fast-food outlet, located at the edge of the RPI campus at 174 Hoosick, is operating under a 30-year lease that is less than two years old. An interesting development, considering the early proposals to build this venue had to fight vociferous location opposition, mostly opposed to its "suburban" design and the traffic increase it would create on an already-busy thoroughfare.  


• The Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen chain has just added a dish that sounds as if you need to be 21 or over to try it. but you don't. The fast-food chain's "Beer Can Chicken" that was added to the menu this week contains no alcohol. It's an LTO (limited time offer) that will run through October 25. Unlike the Southern style of the dish, this one is fried rather than grilled. It is priced at $3.99, served with Cajun fries and a biscuit.

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